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American journal of ophthalmology case reports

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PURPOSE: We present the clinical and histopathological findings of a geographically unique fungal keratitis case in North Carolina. . is a rare cause of fungal keratitis, and all but one of the 51 previously reported cases have occurred in patients living in the tropics. OBSERVATIONS: A man in his early 50s developed keratitis after being struck in the left eye by a piece of debris while using a flexible-cord weed trimmer. Intracapsular lensectomy and penetrating keratoplasty were necessary when initial antimicrobial therapy was ineffective. The best-corrected visual acuity was 20/40 four years postoperatively. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPORTANCE: Our patient is only the second example of keratitis in a patient living in a sub-tropical climate and the first case in the U.S.A. outside of Florida. Additional in-vitro antibiotic sensitivity testing and documentation of more clinical cases are needed to define the optimal therapy for keratitis.