Evaluation of contamination of used disposable contact lenses by Acanthamoeba

S.A. Sadiq, A. Azuara-Blanco, D. Bennett, H.S. Dua, J.H. Lloyd

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the contamination of used disposable soft contact lenses with Acanthamoeba. Methods: We evaluated 51 consecutive disposable soft contact lens wearers in a prospective study. Before their check-up visits, patients were offered a free new contact lens in exchange for donating their old one. The used contact lenses (n=102) were then removed and placed in culture medium for Acanthamoeba. We subsequently investigated patterns of wear and hygiene habits. Results: The mean age of this population was 32.6±11.0 years. The average time of disposable soft contact lens wear was 13.7 hours per day. The contact lenses were disinfected daily with commercial solutions. Twenty-five (49.0%) subjects did not clean their lens cases properly. Acanthamoeba was not isolated from any of the 102 lenses. Conclusions: There were no cases of Acanthamoeba contamination in a small population of disposable soft contact lens wearers who regularly disinfected their lenses with standard commercially available contact lens solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-158
Number of pages4
JournalCLAO Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 1998

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