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April 24, 1948

Principles of the Contact Lens

JAMA. 1948;136(17):1116. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890340042025

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This small textbook is really a handbook for the guidance of the ophthalmologist in selecting those patients who might wear contact lenses with benefit.

There is an excellent section with clear diagrams on the optics of contact lenses, but the section on indications is neither impartial nor scientific. It is unfortunate that ophthalmologists are rather sharply divided on the question of contact lenses, some being ardent advocates, others being as ardent opponents. The authors clearly belong to the former group, and therefore the indications for use of contact lenses will not be universally accepted.

Sattler's veil, or the fogging of vision which results from corneal edema, is the greatest single problem facing those who work with contact lenses today. The proposed method of solving this problem by simply removing the contact lens and reinserting it a half-hour later is open to severe criticism and entirely unsubstantiated by experience in this

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