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September 1964

Traumatic Fracture of Plastic Contact Lenses

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois, Presbyterian-St. Lukes Hospital, and the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;72(3):319-322. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970020319005

Since the introduction of corneal contact lenses there have been many reports of corneal complications arising from their wear.1-10 Very little information can be found in the literature regarding the part played by contact lenses as modifiers of the effects of blunt injuries. This is somewhat surprising when one considers that there are many contact lens wearers among those engaged in bodily contact sports such as football, basketball, ice hockey, water polo, and even prize-fighting.11 The following report concerns three instances of fracture of contact lenses resulting from fist injuries to the wearer's eye. To my knowledge, in situ fracture of a corneal contact lens has not been reported before.

Report of Cases  A 21-year-old college student, a myope of—2.25 D was fitted with contact lenses by a technician of a reliable optical firm and checked by an ophthalmologist in January, 1960. He built up tolerance easily,

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