Corneal contact lenses have grown immensely popular during the past few years. The impression seems prevalent that almost everyone who can afford their price can wear contact lenses and serious complications seldom occur.
We wish to report on 14 cases with acute complications caused by present day corneal contact lenses. The patients concerned sought emergency treatment on one or more occasions at either of two United States Army Hospitals in Southern Germany during the past year and a half.
Report of Cases
—A 22-year-old woman obtained corneal contact lenses in December, 1959, which measured 9 mm. in diameter. Wearing time was gradually increased to 12 hours a day despite discomfort. On a re-examination, the technician who fitted the lenses assured her the lenses were correct. She continued to wear them 12 hours a day. One day in January, 1960, severe burning pain persisted after the lenses were removed.
LANSCHE RK, LEE RC. Acute Complications from Present Day Corneal Contact LensesA Report of Fourteen New Cases. Arch Ophthalmol. 1960;64(2):275-285. doi:10.1001/archopht.1960.01840010277015