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    Confessions of an innovator

    How ophthalmic breakthroughs evolved from the bizarre to medical, surgical realities



    Therapeutic bandage contact lenses

    While Dr. Kaufman’s interest was in treating corneal diseases, he saw the potential to use this product in another capacity other than refraction. At the time, Bausch + Lomb was making low-power soft contact lenses. When the company refused Dr. Kaufman’s appeal to use the bandages to treat diseases, he and two colleagues started a competitive lens company to study the effect of the use of the bandage lenses on corneal diseases.

    Again, the contact lenses initially were met with skepticism by the ophthalmic community, as so many other innovations had been, but they are now a staple in clinical practice.


    Lynda Charters
    Lynda Charters is a freelance medical writer.

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