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 icon (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 icon (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 icon (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 icon (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 icon (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 media icon (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 icon (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 icon (March 2014)
Summary: Article discussing the collaboration between CDC and partners to promote healthy contact lens wear and care.