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To the Editor.
—I freqently see patients who require a T-lens for corneal abrasions. Often, the patient only uses the lens for three or four days, and then it is removed. The problem is the cost to the patient. Should the patient be charged $60 to $100 for the lens, only to have it discarded, or should the patient be given some credit for returning the lens so that it can be resterilized and used in another patient? From a malpractice point of view, is that feasible?Most of these patients do not have infections, and the lens is serving only as a bandage. The problem is compounded when the patient has bilateral abrasions and must be fitted with two T-lenses; such circumstances also require multiple visits.I have phoned several ophthalmologists, and there is no consensus of opinion, although the majority tends to charge the patient approximately $75 a
Coyle JT. T-Lenses. Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(12):1749. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040031415007