Most of the industrial corporations that have the need for workers to wear full-face respiratory devices in a radioactive or hazardous materials environment have gone along with the fail-safe policy of the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness and OSHA. That policy is that contact lenses are not to be worn in these environments in a respiratory device. Much research has been done in this area and many authors have stood on the side lines evaluating the data and drawing their conclusions, either pro or con. This article will review some past arguments and present some first hand knowledge and arguments for the use of contact lenses in a full-face respirator in a radioactively contaminated environment.
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