Attachment of acanthamoeba to first- and second-generation silicone hydrogel contact lenses

T.K. Beattie, A. Tomlinson, A. McFadyen

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Acanthamoeba demonstrated a significantly greater affinity for the first-generation silicone hydrogel lens as compared with the second-generation silicone hydrogel and the conventional hydrogel. If exposed to Acanthamoeba (e.g., when showering or swimming, through noncontinuous wear and ineffective lens care regimes), first-generation silicone hydrogel lenses may promote a greater risk of Acanthamoeba infection due to the enhanced attachment characteristics of this lens material. However, prospective studies in patients are required to determine if these experimental results are clinically significant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Ophthalmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • ophthalmology
  • contact lens

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