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Contact Lens Use

Combat is a highly visual task placing Service members in a dangerous "see or be seen," "shoot or be shot" environment. Because of this, many Service members at the front lines, as well as medical staff in the rear, feel that contact lenses afford them their highest visual acuity and are reluctant to put anything (e.g., glasses, goggles, eye protection) in front of their eyes they perceive will degrade their vision. This ultimately results in a surprising portion of our Armed Forces wearing contact lenses in theater, which can be a risky decision.