Bacterial corneal ulcers in cosmetic soft contact lens wearers

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978 Jan;96(1):57-61. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050021005.


Soft contact lenses provide a safe alternative to spectacles for more than 1 million patients. However, the hazard of bacterial corneal ulcers exists. This report describes five cosmetic soft contact lens wearers who developed bacterial corneal ulcers. In three cases, the resulting visual acuity was 6/120 or less. Possible sources of contamination are discussed, but in no case was it determined.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacterial Infections / etiology*
  • Contact Lenses, Hydrophilic / adverse effects*
  • Corneal Ulcer / drug therapy
  • Corneal Ulcer / etiology*
  • Escherichia coli Infections / drug therapy
  • Escherichia coli Infections / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pseudomonas Infections / drug therapy
  • Pseudomonas Infections / etiology
  • Staphylococcal Infections / drug therapy
  • Staphylococcal Infections / etiology
  • Visual Acuity


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents