Case-Control Pilot Study of Soft Contact lens Wearers with Corneal Infiltrative Events and Healthy Controls


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess risk factors associated with soft contact lens (SCL)-related corneal infiltrative events (CIEs).

Methods: This was a single-visit, case-control study conducted at five academic centers in North America. Cases were defined as current SCL wearers with a symptomatic CIE. For each case, three age- and sex-matched controls were enrolled. Subjects completed the Contact Lens Risk Survey (CLRS), a standardized scripted medical interview, supplied a recent health history, and underwent an ocular examination. Microbial culturing of the ocular surface, SCL, and lens storage case was conducted for all cases and one of the three matched controls. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression modeling were used to assess the risk of developing a CIE.

Results: Thirty cases and 90 controls 13 to 31 years of age completed the study. Corneal infiltrative event diagnosis included contact lens–associated red eye, infiltrative keratitis, and contact lens peripheral ulcer. Subjects with symptomatic CIEs were more likely to harbor substantial levels of gram-negative bioburden on the ocular surface and contact lens. Significant risk factors for developing a CIE were overnight wear of SCLs, use of multipurpose solution, rinsing SCLs with water, lens storage case older than 6 months, previous “red eye” event, use of ocular drops in the past week, and illness during the past week.

Conclusions: This pilot study demonstrated feasibility of enrolling a representative pool of SCL wearers with an untreated, symptomatic CIE and assessing CIE risk factors by using standardized methods. A larger sample size is needed to determine relationships between patient-reported behaviors and exposures, microbial bioburden, and CIE development.




Copyright 2016 Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. Recommended citation: Richdale, Kathryn, Dawn Y. Lam, Heidi Wagner, Aaron B. Zimmerman, Beth T. Kinoshita, Robin Chalmers, Luigina Sorbara, Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, Usha Govindarajulu, and G. Lynn Mitchell. "Case-Control Pilot Study of Soft Contact Lens Wearers With Corneal Infiltrative Events and Healthy ControlsSoft Contact Lens Wearers With Corneal Infiltrative Events." Investigative ophthalmology & visual science 57, no. 1 (2016): 47-55. doi: 10.1167/iovs.15-18512. URL: Reproduced in accordance with licensing terms and with author permission.