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January 1976

Fungal Invasion of a Soft Contact Lens

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Mountain View, Calif

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(1):168. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910030090026

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To the Editor.  —I have read with considerable interest the article by Drs Palmer, Ferry, and Safir titled "Fungal Invasion of a Soft (Griffin Bionite) Contact Lens" (the Archives 93:278-280, 1975). Coincidentally, we were at the same time examining a pair of Bausch & Lomb SOFLENS® contact lenses exhibiting numerous dark, blotched areas that appeared to have the characteristic pattern of a fungus (Fig 1 and 2).Indeed, the patient, a PhD in biochemistry, claimed to have identified the growth as Aspergillus niger. This is the second time this particular patient has returned to us for replacement of infected lenses, and in both instances the lens appearance has been strikingly similar. The patient stated that he did not have time to aseptisize the lenses, and, to our knowledge, no procedure for sterilization was attempted.In both cases the lenses were returned to Bausch & Lomb for their analysis. A recent

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