Medicine: Contacts in the Eye

With contact lenses just about 21 years old, boosters were claiming last week that they had "come of age" and that no fewer than 6,000,000 Americans are wearing them. In fact, the business of supplying contact lenses to patients is suffering collective growing pains, and some elements in it are still behaving like juvenile delinquents. While it is true that about 6,000,000 pairs of contact lenses have been sold in the U.S., many of these are not in the buyers' eyes but in bureau drawers or medicine chests—how many, nobody can estimate with any...

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