[Complications of disposable extended-wear contact lenses. Apropos of 6 cases]

J Fr Ophtalmol. 1992;15(3):209-12.
[Article in French]


We report six cases of corneal complications observed in disposable extended-wear contact lens users: two corneal ulcers, one superficial infiltrate, two punctate keratitis with subepithelial infiltrates and one superficial punctate keratitis. In four cases a bacterial etiology was confirmed. Disposable contact lenses are not complication-free. In our series, complications were favoured or provoked by incorrect use in most cases. Other possible risk factors include poor hygiene during lens manipulation, damage to the corneal epithelium during lens exchange or lens wear, use of contaminated lubricant eyedrops, relative corneal hypoxia during overnight wear or in the case of improper fitting. Correct and adequate patient information is therefore essential to ensure that these lenses constitute a safe choice.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Contact Lenses, Extended-Wear / adverse effects*
  • Corneal Ulcer / etiology*
  • Eye Infections, Bacterial / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Keratitis / etiology*
  • Male