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Contact Lenses

In the beginning, contact lenses could be worn comfortably for only a few hours each day.  They were difficult to put in and could be dangerous to the eye if worn too long. Here is a selection of some early hard contact lenses. 

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Contact Lens Set
Set of 35 contact lenses in a case . Marked "Mueller Welt Fluidless contact lenses, 4502" on case.
Contact Lens Set
Soft plastic container containing bottle of contact lens solution and plastic hard case for hard contact lenses.
Contact Lens Set
Starter contact lens set with plastic base holding two bottles of contact lens solution, plastic contact lens case and Identification cards.
Mueller Welt
Hard Contact Lens Set
Black faux leather case holds 46 hard contact lenses.
The House of Vision
Scleral Contact Lens
A pair of scleral contact lenses with applicator & brown case, originally worn by patient Muriel L. Wilson.
Mager & Gougelman
Scleral Contact Lens
Contains 1 sclero-corneal contact lens with mold; burgundy plastic snap-lid case with white lining.
Scleral Contact Lens Set
2 lenses with black, rubber applicator, maroon-colored, velvet lining, in brown case.
Scleral contact lenses in case
Scleral contact lenses in black case with gray velvet interior. Accompanying case is a typewritten card from the offices of Alexander MacDonald of Toronto Canada with a recipe for the "Preparation of Crystal-free Boracic Solution". Original owner has sent a lengthy letter on the creation of these

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American Academy of Ophthalmology