contact lens


: a thin lens designed to fit over the cornea and usually worn to correct defects in vision

Examples of contact lens in a Sentence

She wears contact lenses more often than glasses.
Recent Examples on the Web This node, which looks like a contact lens, contains more than half a million nerve cells. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 15 Mar. 2024 The researchers have created a new type of contact lens that has a diameter of 10mm. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 If a patient’s eyes are healthy, a provider will usually fit a contact lens made of a different material or with a different edge design, size, or curve. Korin Miller, Verywell Health, 7 Dec. 2023 That said, a contact lens exam can almost always be performed at the same time as your routine eye exam. Nicole F. Roberts, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Set aside to finish drying. 11 of 15 Cabinet Knobs Refresh cabinet doors with flirty floral resin knobs cast in a contact lens case. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Dec. 2023 More health plans are covering routine eye exams these days, but that generally does not include the type of test used to determine eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions — or the cost of the lenses. Bernard J. Wolfson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2023 The mascara is also ophthalmologist-tested, safe for contact lens wearers and can be removed easily with warm water — no tugging or rubbing necessary. Caroline Brew, Variety, 17 Oct. 2023 There are between 30,000 and 75,000 cases of corneal ulcers a year in the United States — and contact lens wearers are ten times more likely to develop one. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contact lens was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Contact lens.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

contact lens

con·​tact lens
: a thin lens used to correct bad eyesight and worn right over the cornea of the eye

Medical Definition

contact lens

con·​tact lens ˌkän-ˌtakt- How to pronounce contact lens (audio)
: a thin lens designed to fit over the cornea and usually worn to correct defects in vision
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