Discrimination Against Contact Lens Wearers

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Employers' attitudes toward the use of contact lenses at work have become less discriminatory as lenses have improved and numerous studies have demonstrated their safety, provided that additional personal protective equipment is used when necessary. In 1994, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published its relevant Standard (29 CFR 1910), stating that "contact lenses do not pose additional hazards to the wearer...". Accommodations required by wearers of contact lenses must comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, many companies still oppose their use. The recently published policy of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Ophthalmology on the use of contact lenses should lead to their wider acceptance. Elements of a corporate contact lens policy are outlined. International aspects are summarized as well.

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