Ophthalmologists in a national survey reported case histories of 14 eyes lost or blinded in patients wearing contact lenses. All of the eye losses were due to infections, four of which were by fungi. There were 157 other eyes permanently damaged and 7,607 with reversible changes. These physiologic and pathologic eye changes indicated the medical problems of diagnosis, treatment, and routine follow-up of these patients.
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