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The videos below discuss healthy contact lens wear and care.

Facebook Live

Contact Lens Health Week 2018 – CDC Facebook Live

Contact Lens Health Week 2018 – CDC Facebook Live
Running Time: 17:51
Release Date: 10/15/18

CDC medical epidemiologist Dr. Jennifer Cope and ophthalmologist Dr. Tim Steinemann from MetroHealth Medical Center discuss proper contact lens wear and care habits.

Animation

Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes

Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes
Running Time: 0:44
Release Date: 8/20/18

Taking proper care of your contact lenses can help you see better and keep your eyes healthy. Follow the simple steps demonstrated in this video for healthy eyes every day.

Patient Stories

Ryan’s Story—Water and Contacts Don’t Mix

Ryan Parris giving interview

Patient Story: Ryan
Running Time: 2:52
Release Date: 8/15/2017

Alabama football player, Ryan, first noticed a painful problem with his left eye on his way to a championship game. He had a habit of rinsing contact lenses in water if he didn’t have disinfecting solution. Ryan was diagnosed with Acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection caused by an organism that lives in water. He now has a scar in his eye that makes it difficult to see and will eventually need to have a major eye procedure to correct his vision.

Te’s Story—Don’t Sleep in Contacts

Te Lavette giving interview

Patient Story: Te’
Running Time: 2:52
Release Date: 8/15/2017

Te’ had been wearing contacts for about 14 years and would sometimes sleep in her lenses for up to two weeks at a time. On her wedding day, she woke up with a painful corneal infection and had severe vision loss within 24 hours. Te’ is still recovering and advises others to properly clean their contacts and not to sleep in them.

Whitney’s Story—Keep Water Away from Contacts

Whitney Flemming giving interview

Patient Story: Whitney
Running Time: 2:43
Release Date: 8/15/2017

After wearing contact lenses for over 20 years, freelance writer and mom of three teens, Whitney, was diagnosed with Acanthamoeba keratitis in 2015. She temporarily lost all vision in her left eye for several months. Looking back, her best guess is that the infection was caused by water that got on her lenses when she showered in her contacts. Whitney is back to wearing contacts and advises other contact lens wearers to practice healthy wear and care habits.

Patient Story: Jim

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Patient Story: Jim
Running Time: 2:17
Release Date: 5/21/2015

After improperly storing his contact lenses, Jim got an eye infection that led to severe vision loss in one eye. He waited for two years before he was able to get a corneal transplant to repair the damaged eye.


General Contact Lens Use

Keratitis and Contact Lens Use

Jennifer Cope in a medscape interview

Keratitis and Contact Lens Use
Running Time: 4:33
Release Date: 11/14/2014

CDC’s Dr. Jennifer Cope explains that a few basic contact lens hygiene measures can keep patients free of keratitis.

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