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February 1967

Wet or Dry Contact Lens Storage

Author Affiliations

Miami, Fla
From the Contact Lens Service, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;77(2):197-199. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980020199009

Bacterial contamination of corneal contact lenses is a recognized hazard to their use. The problem of storage of lenses has received much attention, but there is still a controversy as to whether a dry case or a wet case is the safer method of storage.

Fifty contact lens patients, using three different types of storage cases, each for a period of two months, were studied. Bacterial cultures were taken of the storage cases and of the patients' eyes. The wet storage case, containing a soaking solution, showed significantly less contamination than did the dry cases.