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2017

October 23, 2017: Keep Your Eyes Safe This Halloween

Keep Your Eyes Safe This Halloween

Beware! Some decorative contact lenses can turn your Halloween into a nightmare. Wearing decorative contacts without a prescription from an eye doctor can lead to serious problems such as open sores, scratches, infection, and vision loss that can haunt you long after October 31.

A scary eye infection should not be a part of your Halloween experience. Educate yourself and others about the dangers of using decorative contact lenses without a prescription. You can learn more from these CDC and partner materials.

3 Tips to Keep in Mind When Using Decorative Lenses

  1. Get a prescription: Obtaining contact lenses without a prescription and proper wear and care education could lead to serious eye injury or infection.
  2. Check your place of purchase: Decorative contact lenses bought from costume shops, online stores, beauty salons, convenience stores, flea markets, or any place where a prescription is not required will not be properly fitted to your eyes.
  3. Protect your eyes: One night is not worth your vision. The best way to protect your eyes from potential complications is to talk to your eye doctor about decorative contacts and learn about healthy contact lens wear and care habits.

 Help Us Get the Word Out

This week, CDC will be sharing Halloween contact lens health tips on our social media accounts: CDC Facebook, CDC en Español Facebook, @CDCgov, @CDC_NCEZID@CDCEspanol. Help us spread the word by liking, commenting on, retweeting, and sharing our messages.

You can also help us spread the word in these ways:

  • Download sample Halloween-themed social media messages to learn more about healthy contact lens wear and care.
  • Post contact lens Halloween messages on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
  • Look for and use the hashtag #OnePairTakeCare.
  • Share CDC’s Contact Lenses digital buttons and badges on your websites, blogs, and social media channels.
  • Order or download posters to promote healthy contact lens wear and care habits.
  • Find free tear-off pads that have important contact lens tips.

You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them! Remember, Healthy Habits = Healthy Eyes.

Contact Lens Health Week 2017: August 21-25

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The week of August 21-25, 2017 marks the fourth annual Contact Lens Health Week! This year’s campaign theme “Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes” focuses on encouraging youth to start healthy habits early, for healthy eyes later. Contact Lens Health Week aims to increase public awareness and promote healthy contact lens wear and care. Increasing awareness about the importance of proper contact lens hygiene can encourage wearers to adopt healthy habits that can help reduce their chances of getting an eye infection.

See below for an overview of the promotional opportunities and events to keep an eye out for this week!

Watch Real Stories

CDC is sharing the stories of three people—Whitney, Te’, and Ryan—who suffered from serious eye infections caused by improper contact lens wear and care. Watch their videos to learn how these eye infections affected their lives, and how they changed the way they wear and care for contact lenses.

New MMWR Data

This week, CDC released its first population-based report on adolescent contact lens-related behavior in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). According to the report, approximately 6 out of 7 adolescents reported at least one contact lens behavior—such as sleeping in lenses, swimming with lenses, or not replacing storage cases regularly—that put them at risk for a serious eye infection.

To help adolescents adopt healthy habits that they can carry through adulthood, they can develop these key habits to reduce the likelihood of infection:

  • Don’t sleep or nap in your contact lenses
  • Replace your contact lens case regularly
  • Don’t swim or shower while wearing contact lenses

Twitter Chat

To start the week, there will be a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, August 22, from 12–1 pm EDT. The chat will be co-hosted by @CDCgov and @NBCNewsHealth. Use the hashtag #HealthyContactsChat to join the conversation! The chat will cover:

  • The importance of proper contact lens use
  • Risky contact lens behaviors
  • New data from the CDC MMWR report
  • Tips for healthy contact lens wear and care
  • What partners are doing to promote contact lens health
  • Resources for more information

Reddit Science Ask Me Anything!

On Thursday, August 24, CDC will host a Reddit Science “Ask Me Anything” (AMA), from 1-3pm (EDT). The AMA will feature CDC medical epidemiologist, Dr. Jennifer Cope, who will answer questions about contact lens wear and care, and discuss the new MMWR report on adolescent contact lens habits. Ask her anything!

Health Promotion Materials

The CDC has developed promotional materials you can use to promote healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the week.

2016

October 27, 2016: Keep Your Eyes Safe This Halloween

Keep Your Eyes Safe This Halloween

Don’t let your Halloween turn into a nightmare because of an eye infection. Decorative contact lenses are medical devices like other contact lenses. Wearing decorative contact lenses without being properly fitted by an eye care provider can lead to serious problems – ulcers (open sores), scratches, infection, and vision loss—and haunt you long after October 31.

No prescription? Think twice!

3 Tips to Follow When Using Decorative Lenses

  1. GET A PRESCRIPTION: Contact lenses acquired without wear and care education and a prescription are illegal and could lead to serious eye injury or infection.
  2. CHECK YOUR BUYING SOURCE: Decorative contact lenses purchased from costume shops, online stores, beauty salons, drug stores, flea markets, or anywhere not issued by an eye doctor will not properly fit.
  3. PROTECT YOUR EYES: One night is not worth your eye health. The best way to protect your eyes from potential complications is to talk to your eye doctor and learn about healthy contact lens wear and care habits.

Help us get the word out!

This week, CDC will be sharing Halloween contact lens health tips via our social media sites. Help us spread the word by “liking,” commenting on, and sharing our messages. We encourage you to share our new Halloween buttons on your websites, blogs, and social media channels. You can join us by spreading the word in the following ways:

  • Celebrate virtually on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
  • Check with your eye care providers for free tear-off pads that have important contact lens tips.

August 22, 2016: Contact Lens Health Week is August 22-26, 2016.

Today kicks off the third annual Contact Lens Health Week! This year’s campaign theme is “healthy habits mean healthy eyes.” Contact Lens Health Week aims to increase public awareness and promote healthy contact lens wear and care. Increasing awareness about the importance of proper contact lens hygiene can encourage wearers to adopt healthy habits that can help prevent their chances of getting an eye infection. See below for an overview of the promotional opportunities and events to keep an eye out for this week!

For more information visit: http://go.usa.gov/xDT5G.

Twitter Chat

To start the week, there will be a Twitter Chat today, August 22, from12 – 1 pm ET. The chat will be hosted by @CDC_ehealth and @CBShealth at #HealthyContactsChat and will cover:

  • Risky contact lens behaviors
  • Benefits of proper contact lens use
  • Tips for healthy contact lens wear and care
  • New data released by CDC on contact lens-related eye infections
  • Educational resources available to promote healthy contact lens wear and care

Our partners will participate by retweeting, responding to questions, or tweeting live messages during the chat. To participate, follow @CDC_ehealth and @CBShealth, and use the hashtag #HealthyContactsChat during the chat to view and respond to tweets. CDC Healthy Contacts expert Dr. Jennifer Cope will be joining the chat via @CDC_NCEZID.

MMWR

Last week, CDC released new data on contact lens-related eye infections in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The report looked at cases of contact lens-related eye infections reported to the Food and Drug Administration’s Medical Device Reporting database. Nearly 1 in 5 reported infections involved a patient who experienced eye damage and more than 1 out of 4 reports mentioned easily avoidable behaviors that increase the chance of eye infection. These data demonstrate that contact lens-related eye infections can lead to long-lasting damage, but are often preventable.

Contact lens wearers can help prevent infections by taking proper care of their contact lenses. Three key habits to reduce the likelihood of infection, include:

  1. Don’t sleep in contact lenses
  2. Don’t top off, or add new solution to old solution in your case for contact lens storage
  3. Do replace contact lenses as often as recommended by your eye doctor

For more information on the MMWR, see the full article: http://go.usa.gov/xDZhz.

Health Promotion Materials

The CDC has developed promotional materials you can use to promote healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the week.

  • Campaign promotion toolkit with promotion/outreach suggestions, resources/links, campaign blurbs for newsletters, and campaign messages for use on social media platforms
  • Buttons and badges to promote Contact Lens Health Week and healthy contact lens wear and care
  • Social media library with campaign messages and general messages about healthy contact lens wear and care (use the hashtag #OnePairTakeCare on social media)
  • Posters for promoting Contact Lens Health Week and healthy contact lens wear and care

2015

August 24, 2015: Contact Lens Health Week is August 24-28, 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.”

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.

Health messages cover three key areas:

  • Healthy contact lens hygiene habits
  • Proper use, care, and storage of contact lenses and supplies
  • Regular visits to an eye care provider

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.

Twitter Chat: Join Us!

To kick off the week, CDC is hosting a Twitter Chat on Monday, August 24 from 12 – 1 pm ET. The chat will be hosted by @CDCgov at #HealthyContactsChat and will cover:

  • Risks of improper contact lens use.
  • Benefits of proper contact lens wear and care.
  • Tips for healthy contact lens wear and care.
  • Educational resources available to promote healthy contact lens wear and care.

Our partners will participate by retweeting, responding to questions, or tweeting live messages during the chat. Please join us by following #HealthyContactsChat and sharing your thoughts!

2015 Campaign Promotion Materials

CDC has also developed promotional materials you can use to promote healthy contact lens wear and care during the campaign week.

  • Campaign promotion toolkit with promotion/outreach suggestions, resources/links, campaign blurbs for newsletters and campaign messages for use on social media platforms
  • Buttons and badges to promote Contact Lens Health Week and healthy contact lens wear and care
  • Social media library with campaign messages and general messages about healthy contact lens wear and care (use the hashtag #OnePairTakeCare on social media)
  • Posters for promoting Contact Lens Health Week and healthy contact lens wear and care

July 6, 2015: New Materials for Contact Lens Health Week 2015

CDC’s Healthy Contact Lenses Program is pleased to announce exciting new additions to our website in preparation for the second annual Contact Lens Health Week, August 24-28, 2015.
Contact Lens Health Week 2015 has been moved to August to coincide with “back to school” health promotion efforts. The theme for this year’s observance is Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes, and it targets teenage contact lens wearers, their parents, and eye care providers. Messages and materials are also suitable for contact lens wearers of all other ages.
Visit our website for new Contact Lens Health Week 2015 materials:

2014

October 29, 2014: Contact Lens Health Week 2014 and New Web Content

The CDC Healthy Contact Lenses Program announces the first annual Contact Lens Health Week coming in November and new web content to further promote healthy contact lens wear and care.

Contact Lens Health Week 2014: November 17-21

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. The first annual Contact Lens Health Week is November 17-21, 2014. This year’s campaign theme is “You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them!” The target audience is contact lens wearers ages 18-22—a group at increased risk of eye infections associated with contact lens wear.

We encourage eye care providers, college campus organizations, public health practitioners, and contact lens industry representatives to help us relay campaign messages to contact lens wearers. CDC has developed materials you can use to promote healthy contact lens wear and care during the campaign week.

2014 Campaign Promotion Materials

  • Campaign promotion toolkit with promotion/outreach suggestions, resources/links, campaign blurbs for newsletters and campaign messages for use on social media platforms
  • Buttons and badges to promote Contact Lens Health Week and healthy contact lens wear and care
  • Social media library with campaign messages and general messages about healthy contact lens wear and care (use the hashtag #OnePairTakeCare on social media)
  • Posters for promoting Contact Lens Health Week and healthy contact lens wear and care

The CDC Healthy Contact Lenses Program has also developed new web content and materials for promoting healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the year.

New web content

Updates to Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care main page

New health promotion materials

  • 4 EyeWise posters for college-aged contact lens wearers
  • 2 new sections in the social media library for Contact Lens Health Week and AAO Scary Eyes Campaign
  • 3 web buttons for Contact Lens Health Week
  • 2 posters for Contact Lens Health Week

June 6, 2014: Healthy Contact Lenses at CDC: Continued web expansion and new materials

CDC’s Healthy Contact Lenses Program, which began in July 2013, is pleased to announce several new additions to the Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care website—now presented in a mobile-friendly format.

New health promotion materials
  • 1 infographic: Contact Lenses Are Like Underwear
  • 1 poster: Healthy Habits = Healthy Eyes
New web content

March 20, 2014: Healthy Contact Lenses at CDC: Website Expansion and New Materials

CDC’s Healthy Contact Lenses Program, which began in July 2013, is now pleased to announce several new additions to the Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care website—now presented in a mobile-friendly format.

New web pages:
New health promotion materials:
  • 1 infographic: You Only Have One Pair of Eyes
  • 4 posters: Your Habits, Your Gear, & Your Eye Doctor 
  • 2 podcasts: Healthy Contacts (HHS) & Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care (CDC)
  • 3 web buttons: Contact Lenses and Water Don’t Mix & Contact Lens Tips from CDC

CDC, with generous financial support from the Contact Lens Institute (CLI), has worked in collaboration with the contact lens industry, FDA, academia, and professional organizations to develop clear messages about healthy contact lens wear and care.

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