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To the Editor.
—The letter by Dr. Friendly and his colleagues requires no rebuttal. His statements are accurate and the experiences he describes underscore the need for caution as attempts are made to achieve prolonged wear with newer types of contact lenses. Dr. Friendly indicated that our publication emphasized that we did not support or endorse continuous wear of presently available hydrophilic lenses for the correction of refractive error. We did feel that our results were encouraging and demonstrated that continuous wear was certainly possible, but we emphasized that certain problems remained to be circumvented before continuous wear of cosmetic hydrophilic lenses could be routinely recommended.I am aware of other investigators who have attempted prolonged continuous wear of aphakic hydrophilic contact lenses with a much greater degree of success than is reported by Dr. Friendly et al. Of some importance in this regard is the fact that
Leibowitz HM. Continuous Wear of Soft Contact Lenses-Reply. Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;90(4):344-345. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000050345029