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April 1968


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Miami, Fla

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(4):507. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040509030

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To the Editor.  —Five years ago a panel of 16 ophthalmologists at the Biennial Contact Lens Congress, Miami Beach, Fla, voted that contact lenses should not be used until three and sometimes four months after cataract surgery.Three years ago almost all of a panel of 24 ophthalmologists voted that contact lenses should not be used until two months after cataract surgery. Very few complications were presented by the panel or by the audience from too early usage of contact lenses following cataract surgery.I have now seen four cases of iris-wound adhesions of several hours of the clock or more caused by excessively vigorous eyeball mashing during self-removal of contact lenses nine to eleven weeks postoperatively. These cases had normal looking wounds and no iris-wound adhesions until the contact lenses were prescribed eight weeks postoperatively in three cases and 11 weeks in my most recent case. Two of the

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