Candida is more than just a fungus. The devastation that it can bring is worse than just the pain or itch one may feel during yeast infection, especially when it is left undiagnosed and untreated. The word “opportunistic” is insufficient to describe such notorious pathogenic microorganism. Candidiasis is such an abusive assault to one’s health because it strikes an individual who is currently defenseless; whose immune system is weak.
Aside from the skin, gastrointestinal tract, mouth and genitalia, yeast infection can also affect the eyes in a condition called Candida Endophthalmitis or eye yeast infection. It is a rare eye infection that occurs only to patients who contracted systemic yeast infection. The usual individuals who are risk for having such eye fungal infection are those whose health are in critical condition like those who have Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection, Cancer, Diabetes Mellitus, sepsis (blood infection), post-operative patients and those who are in chronic intravenous antibiotic and other immunodepressant drugs.
In the presence of systemic Candidiasis, the eyes are perfect target for yeast colonization. Obviously, any infection that involves the eyes would threaten one’s ability to see. The signs and symptoms a person with Candida Endophthalmitis may experience are redness of the eye; floaters; decrease in visual capacity or blindness; eye pain; light sensitivity (photophobia); eye lesions with creamy discharge; eye swelling and sometimes hemorrhage (bleeding) occurs in the eye lesions.
Indeed, it makes one’s health condition more awful. Aside from experiencing the signs and symptoms of the main disease one is suffering from, Candida adds an insult by attacking various organs including the eyes. Candida is such a traitor pathogen. It remains dormant and exists harmoniously with the natural bacterial flora until it finds a perfect timing to proliferate excessively when the good bacteria faces wreckage due to some factors. And when such timing comes, yeast never wastes a single second. It immediately attacks the body like hungry vultures that flocks around dead bodies at a wink of an eye. Long before one knows, the body is severely damaged by yeast. That eye yeast infection won’t remain status quo nor gets better without proper diagnosis and treatment. The worst thing it can do is make someone completely blind.
The best treatment for yeast infection in the eyes is a systemic antifungal drug therapy. Keep in mind that Candida Endophthalmitis is a secondary illness and results only in the presence of Candedaemia (systemic yeast infection). Some of the most common medications indicated for systemic fungal infection include amphotericin B, fluconazole and flucytosine. In cases of fluconazole resistant Candidiasis, voriconazole is administered per physician’s order.
Generally, early detection of yeast infection is significant before it becomes a systemic disease. The earlier it is diagnosed, the easier it gets treated and the lesser the complications it can bring about like Candida Endophthalmitis. In fact, among people with systemic yeast disease, 37 % acquires eye yeast infection. As much as possible, consult a physician immediately once Candida infection manifest or even just a suspicious symptom occurs of such fungal disease. Likewise, it is also best to practice healthy habits that prevent Candida infection such as keeping the immune system up and protecting the natural microflora in the body. Never put your guard down, particularly when you are qualified among those high risk individuals. A battle against yeast infection is never over as yeast is an enemy that never knows how to retreat. If you do not want to get defeated, be watchful enough to avoid unexpected yeast assault. Keep an eye on Candida fungus to prevent ending up with a more complex form of fungal infection like Candida Endophthalmitis.