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.


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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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ID Code: 880
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Soft contact lenses, fungi, microorganism, keratitis
DOI: 10.1016/S0892-8967(00)00026-2
ISSN: 0892-8967
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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