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Study reveals eye surgery MRSA threat

Patients who undergo corrective eye surgery could be at risk of developing drug-resistant bacterial infections, a study has found.

Researchers found methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the eyes of 12 patients who had undergone refractive surgery and are warning surgeons to be vigilant and to alert their patients to the possibility of infection.

Writing in the April issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Dr Eric Donnenfeld said: "MRSA infectious keratitis is a potentially serious complication following refractive surgery."

Dr Donnenfeld warned that surgeons should operate "a high degree of suspicion" and added: "All patients should be informed of the risk factors and warning signs of infectious keratitis and need to be advised to seek medical attention immediately if they develop signs or symptoms of infectious keratitis."

The risk of MRSA and other diseases can be minimised by considering private eye surgery in a dedicated eye clinic, as patients attending such clinics are only exposed to patients with other eye-related problems.

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