World war two occurred during the period that lasted between 1939- 1945. During this era , many soldiers and civilians died as a result of the war which involved power axis struggle between nations of the world.
Use of contact lenses for the service men.
For most of the soldiers on the front line who used contact lenses at war, there were specialized eye glasses called maskenbrille lenses which were to be worn with the gas masks since the metal handle arms on the contact glasses offered for the service men prevented the lenses from fitting on the face tightly causing minor to serious damages in case of explosions and sand dunes.
This was the only allowed glasses to substitute the normal supplied glasses in the army.
The standard physical fitness of army personnel was deteriorating so badly that the staff sergeants were looking for soldiers with better eye sight, including those who wore contacts as this would improve accuracy on aim and overall security concern.
An army personnel with poor eye sight but wore contacts was easily considered into the army as they did much better than the full eye sighted counterparts whose eye sight deteriorated as the war progressed.
Most engineers, field agents, administration staff and also explosive specialists wore glasses as the army recruiting staffers expected high standards on health matters and did not recruit any short sighted recruits.
A historical look of how people with bad vision made things easier during war
At the war front, army personnel that wore glasses had more advantage in zones where there were many explosions, sand and debris filled in the air as this would shield them better. Their eyesight also was better as they were able to analyze situations.
They also came in handy in replacing their colleagues who suffered from minor injuries on the face and particularly the eyes that rendered them not able to perform their duties as expected.
Many cases of eye infections and diseases were reported highly on the staff that didn’t wear contacts. This lead to the raising of the high standards in the army as it was observed that deteriorating health on eye sight and other major diseases rendered service men unable to do their duties.
Pilots of fighter jets benefited greatly from wearing contacts as they were able to have full sight of the targets they were aiming on and offer calculated judgment of how to maneuver the plane and also safe land in case of an emergency, all of which might not be possible if the pilot is short sighted or has a bad eyesight.
Shortlisting candidates with good eyesight with the help of contact lenses helped greatly in the army in that most cases of injury and infections were a minor occurrence as the major replacements were on weak lenses.
The lenses were strapped to the helmet and back to the ears to avoid falling off and tighten them to the face. They also were easily strapped on gas masks to offer good protection from gas leaks to the eyes.
Contact lenses have come a long way as described above up to this date