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September 1978

Soft Contact Lenses and Infection

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Perth, Western Australia

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(9):1700. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060306028

To the Editor.  —In reference to a recent report by Krachmer and Purcell, in the Archives (96:57-61, 1978), we would like to draw your attention to a recent article and editorial.1We reported eight cases of infective keratitis associated with soft contact lens wear. Only one of these lenses was prescribed for therapeutic reasons. Five of the cases of cosmetic lens wearers had culturally proven infections. In the daily and intermittent lens wearers, the lens solutions all grew pathogenic organisms, though these did not necessarily match the organisms isolated from the eyes.To our knowledge, we were the first to report a corneal infection by Serratia liquefaciens in contact lens wearers.We have given several suggestions for the prevention of infection in contact lens wearers. These were underlined recently by another report following three of the cases.2

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