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Bacterial keratitis and corneal scarring secondary to cosmetic contact lens wear

L M van Zyl, C Cook

Abstract


Objective: To report three cases of bacterial keratitis and corneal scarring secondary to cosmetic contact lens wear.
Design: Case series.
Setting: Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town.
Result: There is an increased risk of bacterial keratitis with the use of contact lenses. This is more likely to occur in people who are not regular contact lens wearers and who do not practice adequate contact lens care.
Conclusion: The marketing and distribution of cosmetic contact lenses should be regulated, and people should be educated in correct contact lens care before purchase.

Authors' affiliations

L M van Zyl, University of Cape Town

C Cook, University of Cape Town

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Keywords

Bacterial keratitis , cosmetic contact lenses

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2010;100(1):37-38.

Article History

Date submitted: 2009-05-25
Date published: 2010-01-13

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