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    Antibiotic resistance in the eyecare practice


    Another perspective

    Perhaps we got it all wrong. One expert opines we should take the bacterium’s point of view. Actually, by numerical count, 90 percent of the cells in our bodies are bacteria. There are an estimated 100 trillion bacterial cells in your gut.15 The bacteria need to develop resistance just to survive. And sometimes bacteria have a reason to hurt you. One example is surgery—the first thing that happens is placing the patient on an IV drip. The drip deprives bacteria of their nutrients. Their sustenance is disappearing and causes a general panic. The bacteria become defensive, speed up reproduction and gene acquisition, and produce toxins that makes their host even sicker. Resistance is part of their natural process.15

    Do your part to help prevent antibiotic resistance

    Antibiotic resistance is real. Practitioners should maintain a level of suspicion for resistant organisms, especially in more aggressive infections or those lacking improvement with standard therapies. Consider antibiotic usage only when necessary and in concert with local antibiograms. (An antibiogram is an overall profile of antimicrobial susceptibility testing results of a specific microorganism to a battery of antimicrobial drug). Finally, carefully consider antibiotic selection based on the patient’s medical history and previous antibiotic exposure.


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    Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO
    Director of Optometry, New York Hotel Trades Council, Hotel Association of New York City, Health Center, Inc.


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