In recent years several types of soft contact lens have been introduced in clinical ophthalmology for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. The two hydrophilic lenses that have received the most attention in this country are the Bausch & Lomb Soflens and the Griffin Bionite lens (now known as the Softcon Bandage lens and marketed by Warner-Lambert Co).
Although contamination with microbiological organisms has been regarded as a potential hazard in using these lenses, we know of only one previously published clinical report demonstrating fungal invasion of a soft contact lens in a situation involving clinical use of the lens.1
Report of a Case
A 62-year-old woman, in good health, was first seen here in February 1971. She requested that she be fitted with soft contact lenses for cosmetic purposes. Visual acuity was correctable with spectacles to 20/20 in each eye. She was fitted with Griffin Bionite lenses, with resultant vision
Palmer E, Ferry AP, Safir A. Fungal Invasion of a Soft (Griffin Bionite) Contact Lens. Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(4):278–280. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020288008
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