Contact Lens Observance Resources

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August 17 - 21, 2020 Road to 2020 Vision begins with contact lens health #ProjectYourEyes

CDC developed the tools and materials below to help public health, eye professionals, and other partners promote Contact Lens Health Week and healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the year. These resources include promotion and outreach suggestions, a web-based resource list, a list of short messages for use on social media channels, sample newsletter blurbs, links to additional health promotion materials, and campaign flyers.

Promotion and Outreach Suggestions

All Partner Organizations

  • Create a Contact Lens Health Week page on your organization’s website.
  • Use web content syndication to copy content from CDC’s Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care website on your website without having to maintain it. When CDC updates the syndicated content, your website will be updated as well. Your site’s colors, fonts, navigation, and other unique properties will be unaffected. Learn more about web syndication.
  • Link to CDC’s Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care website.
  • Include a campaign announcement in your newsletter (see Sample Newsletter Announcement).
  • Share contact lens health tips on social media (campaign hashtag:  #ProtectYourEyes).

Eye Care Providers

  • Order 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, and CDCgov Instagram), and share our contact lens health tips ( #ProtectYourEyes).
  • 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 (#ProtectYourEyes).
  • 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.
  • Use the hashtag #ProtectYourEyes and 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 Announcement

Promote Contact Lens Health Week by including these sample blurbs in a newsletter, other publication, or webpage

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with partners, is promoting the seventh annual Contact Lens Health Week August 17-21, 2020. This year’s campaign theme, “Road to 2020 Vision begins with Contact Lens Health,” emphasizes 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 an essential first step in the fight against eye infections and COVID-19 transmission. The campaign aims to promote healthy contact lens wear and care practices that can help reduce the chance of eye infections and injuries related to contact lens use. For more information on Contact Lens Health Week, a campaign promotion toolkit, 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, is promoting the seventh annual Contact Lens Health Week August 17-21, 2020. This year’s campaign theme, “Road to 2020 Vision begins with Contact Lens Health,” emphasizes 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 an essential first step 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.

The Contact Lens Health Week campaign messages cover three key areas:

  1. Healthy contact lens wear and care hygiene practices
  2. Risk associated with improper contact lens use
  3. Regular visits to an eye care provider

Get Involved

  • Download and share social media messages to spread the word about healthy contact lens wear and care.
  • Look for and use the hashtags #ProtectYourEyes.
  • 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, a campaign promotion toolkit, 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

The campaign hashtag for Contact Lens Health Week 2020 is #ProtectYourEyes.
Please include the hashtag in your social media posts.

  • 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. 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 https://go.usa.gov/xExDdexternal icon
  • Does your kid want contacts? Learn the facts during Contact Lens Health Week. Healthy contact lens wear and care habits start now: 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 usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
  • Water and contacts don’t mix! Germs found in water can stick to contacts & infect your eyes 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 usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
  • Contact Lens Health Week Tip: Don’t sleep with your contacts in! #ProtectYourEyes usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
  • Contact Lens Health Week Tip: Don’t buy contact lenses without a prescription #ProtectYourEyes usa.gov/kkexexternal icon
  • Contact Lens Health Week Tip: Don’t mix old solution with new solution #ProtectYourEyes 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 https://go.usa.gov/xydpEexternal icon
Sample Social Media Graphics

The social media graphics and videos below are intended for partners and the public to use on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Each graphic is available in formatting specific to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more graphics and formats, visit the buttons and badges  and videos page.

Contact Lens Health Week Graphic

Page last reviewed: July 28, 2020