Contact lens bacteria, SEM

Contact lens bacteria, SEM

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Caption: Contact lens bacteria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of cellular debris (large, brown) and bacteria (red) on a contact lens (grey). This is a contact lens designed to be worn for a period of four weeks. These bacteria have developed after a period of six weeks, and even thorough cleaning will not remove them. Wearing this type of contact lens for longer than the stated period of time can lead to bacterial infections of the eye, due to bacterial growth like this. Magnification: x1370 when printed 10cm wide.

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