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KYCO raises awareness during Contact Lens Health Week

August 21, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) joins national optometry organizations to celebrate Contact Lens Health Week and promote the practice of healthy habits and routine follow-up eye care.

From August 21 through August 25, eye care professionals from across the country are participating in the “Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes” campaign, a strategy to increase public awareness, promote healthy contact lens wear and care and encourage contact lens wearers to adopt healthy habits that can reduce their chances of getting an eye infection.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in close collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration, eye care providers, contact lens and product manufacturers, and academic partners, organized Contact Lens Health Week. The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Optometry, Kentucky Optometric Association and American Optometric Association have joined efforts to inform the public of healthy behaviors as well as the risks associated with the improper wearing and caring of contact lenses.  

"All contact lens wearers can improve the way they wear and take care of their contact lenses to reduce the risk of eye infections,” said Donald Egan, O.D., FAAO, director of contact lens and professor of optometry at the Kentucky College of Optometry. “Approximately 85 percent of contact lens wearers have been found to have at least one unsafe behavior that increases the chance of serious and sight-threatening eye infections.”  

The CDC is hosting a Twitter Chat on Aug. 22. The twitter handle @CDCgov will co-host an hour-long chat with @NBCNewsHealth from noon - 1 p.m. (ET) using the hashtag #HealthyContactsChat. 

For more information on Contact Lens Health Week and other resources about healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the year, visit www.cdc.gov/contactlenses.  

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