Here you will find the latest news on healthy contact lens wear and care related to CDC’s Healthy Contact Lenses Program.
Title: Improper Contact Lens Use Associated with Increased Risk of InfectionsExternal (Aug 16, 2018)
Summary: Press release on a report describing contact lens-related corneal infections in lens wearers.
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.
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.
Title: Prevent eye infections from contact lenses with these tipsExternal (August 18, 2016)
Summary: About 41 million Americans wear. While they are a safe and effective alternative to glasses, contact lenses can lead to serious problems if not handled properly.
Title: For Pete’s sake, don’t sleep or swim in your contact lensesExternal (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.
Title: Worldwide call for professional involvement in contact lens fittingExternal (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.
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.
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.
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.