Review ArticleContact Lens Applications and the Corneal Dystrophies A ReviewKwan, Justin T. O.D.; Dalton, Kristine O.D., Ph.D.; Weissman, Barry A. O.D., Ph.D.Author Information Southern California College of Optometry (J.T.K., B.A.W.), Marshall B. Ketchum University, Fullerton, CA; and School of Optometry and Vision Science (K.D.), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada. Address correspondence to Justin T. Kwan, O.D., Marshall B. Ketchum University, 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831; e-mail: email@example.com The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose. Marshall B. Ketchum University is currently receiving a grant from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (J.T.K., principal investigator). Accepted May 05, 2015 Eye & Contact Lens: May 2016 - Volume 42 - Issue 3 - p 177-184 doi: 10.1097/ICL.0000000000000170 Buy Metrics Abstract Abstract: The cornea is precious to sight. Its intricate cellular arrangement and physiology enable it to be transparent and refractive. Corneal dystrophies (CDs) impact vision at various decades of life depending on the dystrophy at hand. Left untreated, visual ramifications ensue. This review article will summarize the current knowledge of the various CDs and the relatively controversial classification based on new genetic knowledge and clinical and histological characteristics. The application of contact lenses, both soft and rigid, has a place in the care and rehabilitation of these unique corneas. © 2016 Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Inc.