Contact Lens Safety for the Correction of Refractive Error in Healthy Eyes

Michelle K. Rhee, Deborah S. Jacobs, Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, Christina R. Prescott, Vishal Jhanji, Thomas L. Steinemann, Bruce H. Koffler, Bennie H. Jeng

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Abstract

Contact lenses are a safe and effective method for correction of refractive error and worn by an estimated 45 million Americans. Because of the widespread availability and commercial popularity of contact lenses, it is not well appreciated by the public that contact lenses are U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated medical devices. Contact lenses are marketed in numerous hard and soft materials that have been improved over decades, worn in daily or extended wear, and replaced in range of schedules from daily to yearly or longer. Lens materials and wear and care regimens have impact on the risks of contact lens-related corneal inflammatory events and microbial keratitis. This article reviews contact lens safety, with specific focus on the correction of refractive error in healthy eyes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-454
Number of pages6
JournalEye and Contact Lens
Volume48
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • Contact lens
  • Keratitis
  • Medical device

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