There are over 13 million people in the U.S. who wear soft contact lenses (SCL) for refractive correction. Patients who wear SCL are at increased risk for bacterial keratitis. Most bacterial infections of the cornea in these patients are caused by Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus. One of the reasons that these organisms may infect the cornea is their ability to adhere to SCL. Therefore, we investigated bacterial adherence of Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus to soft contact lenses using the agar sandwich technique. Unused hydrocurve II lenses were soaked in a saline solution of Pseudomonas aeruginosa or Staphylococcus aureus. The lenses were then put on nutrient agar and covered with a thin layer of liquid nutrient agar. After incubation, the number of colony forming units (cfu) on the SCL were counted and used to determine the percent of bacterial adherence. Both organisms adhered to the soft lenses with no significant difference between their mean percent adherence.
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