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October 1991

Use of the Disposable Contact Lens as a Bandage Contact Lens

Author Affiliations

Chicago, Ill

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(10):1341. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080100021002

To the Editor.  —With regard to the letter by Sulewski et al1 that appeared in the March 1991 issue of the Archives, I would like to congratulate the authors on bringing this technique to the attention of the ophthalmic community. Many corneal specialists have followed their lead, and these disposable extended-wear contact lenses now occupy an important role in our clinical practice. With regard to the authors' admonitions, I agree that these lenses must be used with extreme caution in patients with compromised corneas. Whether these lenses will result in a decreased incidence of ulcerative keratitis compared with previously used extended-wear soft contact lenses has yet to be conclusively demonstrated.I would like to underscore their concern by noting that, within the past 4 months, I have seen at least one patient per week referred for sterile or infectious corneal ulceration related to the use of disposable soft contact