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Biosci Rep. 2001 Aug;21(4):445-61.

Contact lens related corneal infections.

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  • 1Co-operative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology, School of Optometry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


This article describes microbial keratitis, infection of the cornea by micro-organisms. Contact lens wear is a predisposing factor for the development of microbial keratitis. Micro-organisms probably adhere to the contact lens, transfer from the contact lens to a damaged or compromised corneal epithelial surface, penetrate into the deeper layers of the cornea and produce corneal damage. Host responses to the invading micro-organisms, while designed to protect the eye, can often exacerbate the situation and the resulting microbial keratitis can lead to permanent blindness. The microbial, biochemical and immunological aspects of MK will be described in detail.

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