The effectiveness of tobramycin and Ocuflox in a prophylaxis model of Staphylococcus keratitis.

PubMed ID: 11821987

Author(s): Dajcs JJ, Moreau JM, Stroman DW, Schlech BA, Ke TL, Thibodeaux BA, Girgis DO, Caballero AR, O’Callaghan RJ. The effectiveness of tobramycin and Ocuflox in a prophylaxis model of Staphylococcus keratitis. Curr Eye Res. 2001 Jul;23(1):60-3. PMID 11821987

Journal: Current Eye Research, Volume 23, Issue 1, Jul 2001

PURPOSE To determine the effectiveness of prophylactic antibiotic treatment prior to intra-corneal infection with Staphylococcus aureus.

METHODS One topical drop of Tobrex (0.3% tobramycin), tobramycin (0.3%) in the Tobrex vehicle with 0.05% dodecyl maltoside (DDM)/4.0% hydroxypropylmethycellulose (HPMC), Ocuflox (0.3% ofloxacin) or DDM/HPMC vehicle were applied to rabbit eyes at one or five hours prior to injection of bacteria. Approximately 500 colony-forming units (CFU) of S. aureus strain 8325-4 were injected into the corneal stroma. Rabbits were sacrificed five hours after infection and corneal homogenates were cultured to determine the number of colony forming units (CFU) per cornea.

RESULTS Rabbits treated at five hours prior to infection with tobramycin-DDM/HPMC reduced the bacterial load by approximately 2.4 log CFU/cornea as compared to the untreated control (3.47 +/- 0.98 vs. 5.71 +/- 0.14 log CFU/cornea, respectively; P = 0.0010); however, Ocuflox, Tobrex, or DDM/HPMC vehicle did not significantly reduce the log CFU (P >or= 0.4837). Rabbits treated at 1 hour prior to infection with Ocuflox or tobramycin-DDM/HPMC had significantly reduced CFU/cornea (1.31 +/- 0.86 and 0.48 +/- 0.31 log CFU/cornea, respectively) as compared to the untreated group (5.71 +/- 0.14 log CFU/cornea; P or= 0.2312).

CONCLUSIONS This pre-treatment model of Staphylococcus keratitis quantitatively measured the prophylactic effectiveness of topical antibiotic formulations. An important finding was that a tobramycin-DDM/HPMC formulation was highly effective as a prophylactic medication.