Red Eyes? Their Owner Could Use Dirty Needles

 

The raging opioid epidemic in the United States should prompt eye doctors to cast a suspicious gaze on patients seeking care for red and inflamed eyes, which could signal a problem far worse than a minor eye infection. 

That’s the conclusion of ophthalmologists whose new research revealed a 400% increase in hospitalizations among drug users over a 13-year period for a rare and dangerous eye infection. Known as endogenous endophthalmitis, the infection is caused by bacteria or fungi that…

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