August 22 - 26, 2016 was Contact Lens Health Week.
CDC is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), eye care providers, contact lens and product manufacturers, and academic partners to develop messages about the healthy wear and care of contact lenses.
The types of infections that can lead to blindness occur most often in contact lens wearers who do not take proper care of their contact lenses and cases. The CDC aims to prevent serious eye infections, as well as other complications that can cause eye pain and discomfort.
Proper hygiene and adherence to contact lens replacement schedules and care recommendations, resulting in reduced eye infections and complications among contact lens wearers.
To maximize the benefits of contact lens wear and increase awareness of behaviors and risk factors that can affect the eye health of contact lens wearers in the United States through clear and consistent recommendations about proper wear, care, and maintenance of contact lenses.
Go to the CDC's site to read about how you can follow their simple rules of Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care:
While contact lenses are usually a safe and effective form of vision correction, they are not entirely risk-free—especially if they are not cared for properly.
Contact lenses are medical devices, and failure to wear, clean, and store them as directed can increase the risk of eye infections, such as microbial keratitis. To reap the benefits of wearing contact lenses, it is essential to practice healthy habits.
Remember: Healthy Habits = Healthy Eyes.
The CDC's website offers a fantastic guide to issues for people who wear contacts:
- Protect Your Eyes: Tips for healthy contact lens wear and care
- Benefits: Advantages of wearing contact lenses
- Other Complications: Complications related to contact lens wear
- Contact Lens Care Systems & Solution Types: A description of types of lenses and solutions
- Show Me the Science: Data behind wear & care recommendations
- Germs & Infections: Eye infections related to contact lens wear
- Water & Contact Lenses: Keep contact lenses away from all water
- Children & Contact Lenses: Information for parents