Contact Lens Observance Resources

CDC developed the tools and materials below to help public health, eye professionals, and other partners promote Contact Lens Health Week (third full week of August) and healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the year. These resources include promotion and outreach suggestions, a list of short messages for use on social media channels and sample newsletter blurbs.

Promotion and Outreach Suggestions

All Partner Organizations

Eye Care Providers

  • Order or download FREE POSTERS to display in your office or clinic.
  • Order FREE TEAR OFF PADS that include healthy contact lens habits to share with your patients during their routine eye appointment.
  • Include an announcement in your local association’s newsletter (see Sample Newsletter Announcement).
  • Follow us on social media (CDC Facebook@CDCgov Twitter, and CDCgov Instagram), and share our contact lens health tips.
  • For more information and resources about healthy contact lens wear and care, connect with the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Contact Lens Society of America, National Academy of Opticianry, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, or other relevant associations.

Schools and University Campuses & Health Clinics

  • Order FREE POSTERS and display in schools and on university campuses.
  • Share contact lens health tips on social media.
  • Include an announcement in your school or health clinic’s newsletter (see Sample Newsletter Announcement) as part of your institution’s back-to-school efforts.
  • Announce Contact Lens Health Week at parent-teacher association meetings.

Contact Lens Wearers, Parents, and Friends

  • Tag us and share a video story about contact lens use on social media.
  • Follow CDC’s social media accounts to like, share, or comment on content related to healthy contact lens wear and care habits:
  • Visit our website to learn and share CDC contact lens tips.
  • Tell your family and friends about Contact Lens Health Week.

For more information and health promotion tools, visit www.cdc.gov/contactlenses.

Sample Newsletter Announcements

Promote Contact Lens Health Week and healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the year by including these sample blurbs in a newsletter, other publication, or web page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with partners, organizes Contact Lens Health Week to promote healthy contact lens wear and care. CDC encourages partners to raise awareness about the importance of healthy contact lens hygiene practices in protecting against serious eye infections and other illnesses. Now more than ever, it’s important to wash your hands before handling your contact lenses. Handwashing is a key prevention measure in the fight against eye infections and COVID-19 transmission. For more information on Contact Lens Health Week, free posters, and other resources for promoting healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the year, visit www.cdc.gov/contactlenses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with partners, organizes Contact Lens Health Week to promote the importance of healthy contact lens hygiene practices in protecting against serious eye infections and other illnesses. Now more than ever, it’s important to wash your hands before handling your contact lenses. Handwashing is a key prevention measure in the fight against eye infections and COVID-19 transmission.

Failure to wear, clean, and store your lenses as directed by your eye doctor increases the chance of getting germs in your eyes and causing complications. Contact lens–related eye infections can lead to long-lasting damage but often are preventable. Even minor infections can be painful and disrupt day-to-day life. Your contact lens wear and care habits, supplies, and eye doctor are all essential to keeping your eyes healthy.

Get Involved

  • Download and share social media messages to spread the word about healthy contact lens wear and care.
  • 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 and free tear-off pads that have important contact lens tips.

For more information on Contact Lens Health Week, free posters, and other resources for promoting healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the year, visit www.cdc.gov/contactlenses.

Sample Social Media Posts

Share these sample social media messages and graphics on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media platforms to help promote healthy contact lens wear and care in your community.

  • Washing your hands before handling your contact lenses is the first line of defense against germs that could infect your eye. #ProtectYourEyes by washing your hands before wearing contact lenses every time. go.usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
  • Do you wear contact lenses? CDC has free health materials available to raise awareness about healthy and safe contact lens wear. #ProtectYourEyes go.usa.gov/xExDdexternal icon
  • Does your kid want contacts? Learn the facts about healthy contact lens wear and care habits: go.usa.gov/3WDpCexternal icon #ProtectYourEyes
  • Did you know that most contact lens wearers report a habit that puts them at risk for a serious eye infection? Find out how you can prevent eye infections today. #ProtectYourEyes go.usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
  • Water and contacts don’t mix! Germs found in water can stick to contacts & infect your eyes go.usa.gov/pjwzexternal icon #ProtectYourEyes
  • It’s Contact Lens Health Week. Learn how you can take care of your lenses and eyes for life. #ProtectYourEyes go.usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
  • Contact Lens Health Week Tip: Don’t sleep with your contacts in! #ProtectYourEyes go.usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
  • Contact Lens Health Week Tip: Don’t buy contact lenses without a prescription #ProtectYourEyes go.usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
  • Contact Lens Health Week Tip: Don’t mix old solution with new solution #ProtectYourEyes go.usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
  • You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them! Start healthy contact lens habits now to keep your eyes healthy. #ProtectYourEyes go.usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
Page last reviewed: August 4, 2021