The Contact Lens Institute (CLI) announced it is providing a gift to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support the CDC Healthy Contact Lenses Program. Since initiation of the Healthy Contact Lenses Program in 2013, CDC has worked with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), eye care providers, contact lens manufacturers and academic partners to develop important messages about the healthy wear and care of contact lenses.
One of the key outcomes of the Healthy Contact Lens Program is the Sixth Annual Contact Lens Health Week taking place August 19-23, 2019. In close collaboration with over 100 partner organizations, CDC utilizes Contact Lens Health Week to increase public awareness and promote healthy contact lens wear and care habits.
The theme of this year’s Health Week campaign is “Contact Lens Health Starts with You,” which is intended to encourage Eye Care Professionals (ECPs) and their patients to work together to ensure contact lens wearers properly care for their eye health. Increased awareness about the importance of proper contact lens hygiene can help encourage contact lens wearers to adopt healthy habits. In addition, proper contact lens wear and care as well as routine follow-up exams can help reduce the chances of developing potential complications.
Contact Lens Health Week messaging for 2019 covers three key areas:
- Improving communication between ECPs, staff and patients about healthy contact lens hygiene habits
- Increasing awareness of the risks associated with improper contact lens use
- Emphasizing the importance of regular visits to the ECP
CLI encourages all ECPs and partner organizations to help promote Contact Lens Health Week by using CDC’s Contact Lens Health Week 2019 – Campaign Promotion Toolkit, which can be accessed at: https://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/pdf/CLHW-2019-toolkit-508.pdf. For more information
Full news release: http://contactlensinstitute.org/contact-lens-health-week-2019
Source: Contact Lens Institute