Contact Lens Health Week 2015

The week of August 24-28, 2015, marks the second annual Contact Lens Health Week! This year’s campaign theme is “Healthy habits mean healthy eyes.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners created Contact Lens Health Week in 2014 to promote healthy contact lens wear and care practices that can help prevent eye infections associated with improper contact lens use. Contact Lens Health Week 2015 was moved to August to coincide with “back to school” health promotion efforts. This year’s campaign primarily targets teenage contact lens wearers, their parents, and eye care providers, but also includes messages and materials suitable for all contact lens wearers. As teens head back to school, reinforcing proper contact lens wear and care can promote good vision and healthy eyes throughout the school year and throughout life.

On August 20, CDC released a report that found more than 99% of contact lens wearers may be engaging in at least one behavior known to increase their risk of eye infections. The results presented in this report highlight the need for education efforts to improve contact lens hygiene behaviors. We encourage eye care providers, parents, college campus organizations, public health practitioners, and contact lens industry representatives to help us relay campaign messages to teenage contact lens wearers of all ages.

The results presented in this report highlight the need for education efforts to improve contact lens hygiene behaviors, we all need to encourage eye care providers, parents, college campus organizations, public health practitioners, and contact lens industry representatives to help us relay campaign messages to teenage contact lens wearers.

Contact Lenses Hygiene Recommendations

  • Always wash and dry your contact lenses.
  • Store lenses in proper lens storage case and replace your case after several months (3 months or sooner is the recommended time frame).
  • Clean contact lenses case after each use. Keep it open and dry between cleanings.
  • Remove contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub
  • Remove contact lenses before falling asleep.
  • See you eye doctor for regular contact lenses and eye examinations.
  • Always follow the recommended contact lens placement schedule as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Use only fresh solutions to clean your lenses, never re-use old solutions. Contact lenses solutions must be changed according to the manufacturers recommendations, even if the contact lenses are not used on a daily basis.

CDC has developed a number of tools and materials to help promote Contact Lens Health Week and healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the year.

Source: aoa.org / cdc.gov

Image source: Flickr. Author: Lenore Edman This image has been modified. 

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