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The Evolution of Antibiotic Therapy for Bacterial Conjunctivitis and Keratitis: 1970–2000

Baum, Jules M.D.; Barza, Michael M.D.


The editors of this Festschrift asked us to review the use of antibiotics for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis and keratitis over the past 25 years, a period coinciding with the life of the Castroviejo Corneal Society. We believe it is more appropriate to begin our review in the late 1960s, about the time that experimental and clinical studies and algorithms for the clinical care derived from these studies helped shape a more rigorous approach to therapy. Those years saw the introduction of antibiotics that were adapted for ophthalmic use, many of which are still being used today. We will give more weight to our review of keratitis than conjunctivitis.

From Boston Eye Associates (J.B.), Chestnut Hill; and the Department of Medicine (M.B.), Carney Hospital and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachussetts, U.S.A.

Submitted January 30, 2000.

Accepted March 11, 2000.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. J. Baum, Boston Eye Associates, 1244 Boylston Street, Suite 202, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, U.S.A.

© 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.