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 contact lenses. 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: 4 ways you use your contact lenses wrongExternal (October 7, 2015)

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

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.

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.


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.

Title: Eye Health – Transcript and Audio Recording Cdc-media (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.

Title: Eye Health and Contact Lenses (November 2014)

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

Title: Contact Lens Care & Compliance: Work Group and Website Promote Proper Lens WearExternal (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.

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

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

Page last reviewed: February 13, 2019