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March 1989

Infiltrative Keratitis Associated With Disposable Soft Contact Lenses

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Sacramento, Calif

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(3):322-323. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070010332011

To the Editor.  —The disposable soft contact lens (Acuvue, Vistakon Inc, Jacksonville, Fla), recently licensed for public use by the Food and Drug Administration, has a number of theoretical advantages over the conventional extended-wear soft contact lens. Among these are reduced risks of corneal complications associated with extended-wear soft contact lenses from lens spoilage or poor patient compliance, patient convenience, increased patient comfort, and improved visual acuity.1 This lens, made from etafilcon A polymer, is 58% water, and its measurements are 8.8 mm base curve, 14.0 mm diameter, -0.50 to -6.00 diopters power. The manufacturer suggests wearing the lenses for 1 to 2 weeks, after which they are discarded. Between wearing cycles, one night without lenses is recommended.We report two cases of patients with sterile corneal infiltrates associated with disposable extended-wear soft contact lenses.

Report of Cases. 

—Case 1.  —A 28-year-old female ophthalmology resident with a 10-year

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