Use of Contact Lenses for Cold Weather Activities: Results of a Survey
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
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Military personnel are stationed in a wide range of geographical locations, some with adverse climates. Little is known about the effects of extreme cold on the cornea and on the ability to wear contact lenses. A survey was taken of contact lens wearers who commonly wear their lenses while engaged in outdoor activities. Although no serious problems were reported, redness of the eyes was the most common complaint of hard lens wearers soft lens wearers most frequently complained about decreased vision. Contact lenses were generally comfortable in the cold, but lens care is difficult. Since they do not fog and they offer protection from wind-driven ice and snow, contact lenses offer an important advantage over spectacles.
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