Fungal Keratitis

Fungal keratitis is uncommon cause in dogs & cats. Environmental contamination, commensal overgrowth, epithelial trauma and/or immunosuppression (notably using antibiotic/corticosteroid combinations) may facilitate the entry of fungal organisms. These may include penecillium, fusarium, cladosporium, curvularia, aspergillus & candida sp. Lesions may be ulcerative or non-ulcerative, often resulting in the presence of raised, grey to tan colored corneal plaques with an irregular surface. Progression, keratomalacia and/or secondary bacterial contamination may ultimately result in corneal perforation.