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September 1957

Contact Lenses in Monocular Aphakia

Author Affiliations

Houston, Texas
From Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor University College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1957;58(3):417-420. doi:10.1001/archopht.1957.00940010429016

Two years ago1 I discussed the present subject before the Section on Ophthalmology of the American Medical Association. I bring it up again because, in view of what is known about the method and the number of articles in the literature concerning it, too few ophthalmic surgeons are adopting it.

The first article I have found in the literature describing the use of a contact lens in monocular aphakia is that of Little,2 who in 1934 removed a complicated cataract from a 17-year-old boy and obtained fusion with a contact lens. Town,3 in 1939, reported three cases. Gettes and Ravdin4 reported one case in 1949. Constantine and McLean,5 in 1954, reported a series of 39 cases, the largest number recorded at that time. Since that time Gyorffy6 has reported 25 cases and Levitt,7 one. Levitt's patient was a 7-year-old boy, the youngest I

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