ACADEMIES, CDC PROMOTE CONTACT LENS HEALTH WEEK

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Given that most contact lens wearers admit to at least one bad hygiene habit and thousands develop eye infections, the American Academy of Optometry and American Academy of Ophthalmology will join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its other partners to promote Contact Lens Health Week, August 20-24. This year’s campaign theme is “Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes,” with an emphasis on encouraging contact lens wearers to practice safe contact lens habits every day.

“While we focus on Contact Lens Health Week, it is important to remember that both patients and prescribers alike should maintain a year-round vigilance regarding eye health,” said Clarke D. Newman, OD, FAAO, chair of the American Academy of Optometry’s Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies. “Nothing improves the safety of contact lens wear like the continual reinforcement of and compliance with proper lens wear, proper lens care, and proper patient follow-up.”

The CDC will host a Facebook Live panel discussion on Monday, August 20, at 1pm EDT at Facebook.com/CDC. The official campaign hashtag for Contact Lens Health Week 2018 is #OnePairTakeCare. Go to CDC.gov/ContactLenses.

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