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October 1973

Continuous Wear of Soft Contact Lenses

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Nevin Oldt Washington, DC

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;90(4):343-344. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000050345028

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To the Editor.  —An article on the continuous wear of hydrophilic contact lenses by Howard M Leibowitz, Ronald A. Laing, and Marita Sandstrom, published in the Archives (89: 306, 1973), stated that continuous wear of the Bausch and Lomb Soflens contact lens for a period of ten days was successfully accomplished by eight of ten subjects studied. The two unsuccessful patients had been wearing their lenses successfully until the lenses became dislodged and lost on the fourth and sixth days after fitting. Three of their subjects developed transient corneal edema.The investigators specifically stated that their data "should not be interpreted as representing... support or endorsement for the continuous wear of the presently available soft, hydrophilic contact lenses when used for the correction of refractive error." Nevertheless, it seems possible that unwary practitioners may transfer the successful experience of the authors with plano lenses to the fitting of surgically aphakic

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