Only within the last few years, with the more widespread application of the microcorneal lenses, has the use of contact lenses become widely popularized and feasible on a large scale. There has been considerable publicity in the press and marked interest by the public. In spite of this increasing demand for contact lenses, most ophthalmologists have been hesitant in recommending them, often from a lack of familiarity with the technical improvements in the present corneal lens. The relatively few ophthalmologists who have utilized contact lenses for their patients have, in the majority of cases, referred them to optical companies to have the lenses fitted by nonmedical personnel, often without the ophthalmologist's direct supervision. More frequently, patients who wanted contact lenses have been supplied by the optometrist. The optometrists have shown ever increasing interest in the use of contact lenses in their practices and have been quite instrumental in the development
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