Aspergillus fumigatus Colonization of Punctal Plugs

Khalid F. Tabbara

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Scopus citations


Purpose: Punctal plugs are used in patients with dry eye syndrome to preserve the tears. In this report, I present two cases of Aspergillus fumigatus colonization of punctal plugs. Design: Observational series of two cases. Methods: Approval was obtained from the institutional review board. Two men aged 29 and 31 years developed black spots inside the hole of punctal plug, which looked like eyeliner deposits. The deposits inside the hole of the plug in each patient were removed and cultured. Results: Cultures of the two punctal plugs black deposits grew A fumigatus. Bacterial cultures were negative. Conclusions: Colonization of the punctal plug hole with A fumigatus was observed in two cases. It is recommended that punctal plugs be removed in patients undergoing refractive or intraocular procedures or in patients who are receiving topical corticosteroids. Current punctal plugs should be redesigned to avoid the presence of an inserter hole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-181
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


Dive into the research topics of 'Aspergillus fumigatus Colonization of Punctal Plugs'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this