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April 13, 1963

Advantages of Contact Lenses

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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1963;184(2):162-163. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700150116031

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To the Editor:  The Journal excerpt (182:564 [Nov 3] 1962) from the July, 1960, issue of the US Armed Forces Medical Journal, which describes the disadvantages of contact lenses is quite cogent. However, there are significant benefits to be obtained from wearing contact lenses, and these, too, should be presented. I submit an answer to each of the disadvantages listed: (1) (They are expensive.) This is true. Because of the time required for proper fitting, contact lenses are relatively costly compared with spectacles. However, the fact that many millions have accepted this extra expense is testimony to the visual and psychological benefits. (2) (Considerable skill is required for fitting, and time is needed for adjustment.) True. The lenses should be fitted only by or under the supervision of an experienced ophthalmologist to minimize risk and to ensure a proper fit. (3) (There is potential danger of eye infection

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