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Bandage Contact Lens

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Updated June 15, 2010

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Definition: A bandage contact lens is a soft contact lens sometimes used to reduce discomfort and protect an injured or diseased cornea. A bandage contact lens shields and protects the cornea from rubbing each time the eyelid blinks, reducing pain and allowing it to heal more quickly.

Bandage contact lenses are used to treat eye injuries, such as corneal abrasions, as well as many eye conditions such as dry eyes, corneal ulcers, corneal edema, and keratoconjunctivitis. They are sometimes used for patients recovering from refractive surgery such as LASIK.

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