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It is Contact Lens Health Week

Posted by on August 21st, 2018

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with partners, is promoting the fifth annual Contact Lens Health Week August 20-24, 2018. This year’s campaign theme is “Healthy habits mean healthy eyes” and focuses on encouraging contact lens wearers to practice safe contact lens habits every day.

It is estimated that 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses.  Proper usage and care of contact lenses is important to avoid eye infections.  Every year, nearly 1 in 500 contact lens users suffer serious complications from infections due to not following care instructions.  In some cases, these complications lead to blindness.

The Contact Lens Health Week campaign messages cover three key areas:

  1. Healthy contact lens hygiene habits
  2. Risk associated with improper contact lens use
  3. Regular visits to an eye care provider

For additional resources, visit the official webpage for Contact Lens Health Week and download their toolkit.

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