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February 1965


Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;73(2):307-308. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970030309033

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To the Editor:  I have read with interest the article, "Traumatic Fracture of Plastic Contact Lenses," by Dr. D. V. L. Brown (Arch Ophthal72:319-321, 1964). I also have had a case in which a teenage boy had a contact lens broken in the eye by trauma while playing football. The resultant corneal abrasion and conjunctival ecchymosis healed without incident.However, I think it pertinent to point out that contact lenses do not necessarily offer more protection to the eye than case hardened spectacles. Those with a primarily commercial interest in contact lenses may seize on certain case reports to advertise that contact lenses offer a greater safety factor than spectacles. A glance at case reports of the "Wise Owl Club" in which safety spectacles have saved eyes will demonstrate that in many of these cases the safety glasses afforded more protection than a contact lens would have under

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