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Here you will find the latest news on healthy contact lens wear and care related to CDC’s Healthy Contact Lenses Program.


CDC Press Release

Title: Most adolescent contact lens wearers report habits that could cause eye infection (August 17, 2017)

Summary: Press release on a report that highlights the risks adolescents and young adults are taking and how they can prevent eye infections.


CDC Press Release

Title: Improper care of contact lenses can cause serious eye infections (August 18, 2016)

Summary: Press release on a report that found that contact lens wearers can take simple steps to prevent infections and damage.

CBS News

Title: Prevent eye infections from contact lenses with these tips (August 18, 2016)

Summary: About 41 million Americans wear contact lenses. While they are a safe and effective alternative to glasses, contact lenses can lead to serious problems if not handled properly.

National Public Radio

Title: For Pete’s sake, don’t sleep or swim in your contact lenses (August 18, 2016)

Summary: Contact lenses are so ubiquitous — about 41 million people in the U.S. wear them — that it’s easy to forget that they’re actual medical devices, with small but real medical risks.


Men's Health

Title: 4 ways you use your contact lenses wrong (October 7, 2015)

Summary: If you wear contact lenses, these four wear and care habits can put you at risk for an eye infection. 

Optometry Today

Title: Worldwide call for professional involvement in contact lens fitting (September 18, 2015)

Summary: The International Association of Contact Lens Educators has released a position statement calling for trained professionals to be involved in the fitting and supply of contact lenses in all countries to help ensure their correct use worldwide.

CDC Press Release

Title: Nearly all contact lens wearers in national survey report risky eye care behaviors that can lead to eye infections (August 2015)

Summary: Press release on a report that found 99% of contact lens wearers may be engaging in at least one behavior known to increase their risk of eye infections.


CDC Press Release

Title: Nearly one million doctor visits for eye infections annually in US (November 2014)

Summary: Press release on first-of-its-kind CDC study estimating Americans make nearly a million doctor visits for eye infections, resulting in $175 million in direct health care costs.

CDC Media Telebriefing

Title: Eye Health – Transcript and Audio Recording (November 2014)

Summary: Media telebriefing to presenting the first national estimates of the number of cases of keratitis that occur each year in the United States.

CDC Digital Press Kit

Title: Eye Health and Contact Lenses (November 2014)

Summary: CDC digital press kit, including key contact lens health messages, spokespeople, images, and additional resources.

Contact Lens Spectrum

Title: Contact Lens Care & Compliance: Work Group and Website Promote Proper Lens Wear (June 2014)

Summary: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assembled a workgroup of experts in eye health and infectious disease to promote healthy contact lens wear and care. Authored by workgroup member Michael A. Ward, MMSc, FAAO.

Healio Optometry: Primary Care Optometry News

Title: Profession supports CDC contact lens education effort (March 2014)

Summary: Article discussing the collaboration between CDC and partners to promote healthy contact lens wear and care.