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May 1973

Why Wear Glasses if You Want Contacts? (The Story of the New Soft Contact Lens).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;89(5):444. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000040446027

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The rather glib title of this book unfortunately reflects the quality of its contents. Although the authors profess to have written this book in order to provide the public with an objective and informative perspective of soft contact lenses, their evangelical zeal in promoting the lens is more reminiscent of a salesman than a scientist. Even though certain limitations and disadvantages of soft contact lenses are described, they are overshadowed by many misleading and incorrect generalizations. In more than one place, a beneficial "soothing" effect on healthy eyes is attributed to these lenses. Furthermore, the incredible statements are made that the present soft lens rivals the hard lens in the quality of sight and that glasses are inferior from the standpoint of quality of visual acuity.

The authors' insensitivity to the excessive concerns of most individuals with myopia, with regard to the health of their eyes, is illustrated by their

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