Characteristics of Fungal Growth in Soft Contact Lenses
Chen, Jennifer C., Fraser, Tony, Fisher, Damien, Khalil, Zeinab, Collins, Michael J., & Hafner, Louise M. (2000) Characteristics of Fungal Growth in Soft Contact Lenses. International Contact Lens Clinic, 26(4), pp. 84-91.
Six fungal species (Fusarium sp, Exophiala jeanselmei, Penicillium spp, Aspergillus niger, Paecilomyces spp, and Alternaria spp) were used to inoculate soft contact lenses. Four types of soft lenses were used: high-water (58%) and low-water (38%) content lenses and lenses that were unworn or worn for 1 day. The fungi displayed a range of macroscopic and microscopic features that allowed differentiation of species. There was no statistically significant effect of lens water content on growth rate and only Penicillium spp showed significantly higher growth for worn versus unworn lenses. A number of the fungi showed secretions, thought to be enzymes, which potentially aid in the process of lens penetration. © Elsevier Science Inc. 2000
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Soft contact lenses, fungi, microorganism, keratitis|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2000 Elsevier|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||30 Jun 2005 00:00|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 12:23|
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