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August 11, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(15):1485. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970150053013

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During the last few years considerable progress in manufacturing and fitting contact lenses has taken place in the United States. Contact lenses are not only used now for conditions that eyeglass lenses will not correct but also worn by many persons for cosmetic reasons, as well as for safety in certain sports and occupations. Nevertheless, despite commercial advertising, contact lenses do not take the place of eyeglasses in most cases in which ordinary eyeglasses give serviceable vision. In these cases contact lenses may be a useful adjunct to eyeglasses, but they do not enable most persons to discard their glasses completely. Fluidless corneal, or contact, lenses are indicated for patients with healed inflammatory disease of the cornea and corneal scars or deformities, such as keratoconus, where adequate vision cannot be obtained with eyeglasses. Corneal, or contact, lenses have proved satisfactory for patients who have had a unilateral cataract extraction. Patients

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