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June 1971

The Truth About Contact Lenses.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;85(6):765-766. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.00990050767019

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When I first picked up this book, I was immediately "turned off" by two facts. Any work which claims to give you the truth about a subject is suspect, simply because the concept of truth itself is so complicated. The subtitle, Everything the Wearer, or Potential Wearer, Should Know, was equally bothersome. A book that tells you everything, again sounded too perfect. The fact that the author is not an eye doctor bothered me further. What audacity, a layman who claims to know everything about my subject!

However, I softened after reading the book. Jeffrey Baker may not know everything about contact lenses, but he certainly knows a great deal, probably more, than many professionals. He opens with a section on the eye which is quite detailed, probably much too technical for the average layman.

The history of contact lenses is well written and quite thorough, dotted with interesting anecdotes.

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