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Fungal Eye Infections and Testing for Contamination in Products

EMSL Analytical provides sterility and microbial testing services for consumer products, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, and pharmaceuticals.

Cinnaminson, New Jersey – WEBWIRE

Fungal infections of the eye are quite rare, but when they do occur, they can be serious and even result in permanent vision loss or blindness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that symptoms of a fungal eye infection are similar to symptoms of other types of eye infections, including those caused by bacteria.

Anyone can get a fungal eye infection, but according to the CDC these infections usually are linked to an eye injury, particularly with plant material; eye surgery; chronic eye disease involving the surface of the eye; fungal bloodstream infections; wearing contact lenses; or exposure to contaminated medical products that come in contact with the eye. Some people, including those with diabetes, a weakened immune system, or who use corticosteroids, may also be more likely to develop fungal eye infections.

While there are many different types of fungi that can cause eye infections, common types listed by the CDC include: 

  • Fusarium – A fungus that lives in the environment, especially in soil and on plants.
  • Aspergillus – A common fungus that lives in indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Candida – A type of yeast that normally lives on human skin and on the protective lining inside the body called the mucous membrane.

“Over the years, there have been eye infections linked to corticosteroids, irrigation solution, contact lens solution, and other products that introduced fungi or yeast into people’s eyes,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL provides fungal, bacterial, and sterility testing of consumer products, OTC medicines, and pharmaceuticals. We also offer raw ingredient, production surface, and indoor air quality testing of manufacturing facilities. Testing is available to manufacturers, importers, retailers, regulatory agencies, and health care professionals.”

EMSL also recently sponsored an educational video about fungal eye infections and some of the common fungi that can cause them. It can be seen at:

To learn more about product and environmental testing services, please visit, call (800) 220-3675, or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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