Diagnosing Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Diagnosing Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Although the ocular surface resists bacterial infection through a variety of mechanisms, conjunctival infection
can occur when an organism is able to overcome the host’s resistance. Host resistance can be impaired in
disease states, in immunocompromised patients or following trauma. Most common bacterial pathogens can
cause conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis (BC) can be classified as hyperacute, acute and chronic.

Modern Medicine – April 2018