Research focus: Endophthalmitis eye infection

Endophthalmitis is a severe eye infection caused by either bacteria or fungi that badly impacts a person’s vision. The standard treatment involves injecting appropriate antibiotics in the eye (intraocular injection) to inhibit the growth of these microorganisms and surgical intervention to clear the infection. In the Indian scenario, more resilient nature of the micro-organisms is encountered and thus the treatment often leads to suboptimal visual outcomes. A recent study by Dr Vivek Dave and Dr Joveeta Joseph has recommended the use of ophthalmic grade silicone oil to treat these multi-drug resistant microorganisms by harnessing the inherent anti-microbial properties of the oil. These findings were published in The Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection, the official journal of the International Ocular Inflammation Society. 

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