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Council on Occupational Health
April 27, 1964

Use of Contact Lenses in Industry

JAMA. 1964;188(4):397. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060300059019

AN INCREASING NUMBER of employees, both men and women, are wearing plastic corneal contact lenses. The facts that these employees work in a variety of occupations and that contact lenses present new hazards to workers create special problems to the industrial physician responsible for health maintenance and safety of such workers. He has a responsibility to help establish company policies with regard to these problems. The Council on Occupational Health of the American Medical Association has therefore prepared and approved this statement as a guide to the development of such policies.

Special Hazards  Many physicians believe that the substitution of contact lenses for spectacles in industrial workers is contraindicated in workers whose eyes may be exposed to dusts, molten metals, or irritant chemicals. Small foreign bodies, which normally are washed away by tears, sometimes become lodged beneath contact lenses, where they may cause injury to the cornea. Similarly chemicals splashed

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