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Many Contact Lens Wearers Don’t Recall Receiving Care Instructions

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Nuadum Konne Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch CDC

Nuadum Konne

Nuadum Konne
Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? 

Response: An estimated 45 million Americans enjoy the benefits of contact lens wear. Most of them practice some behaviors that put them at risk for serious eye infections.

Surveys of contact lens wearers and eye care providers were conducted in 2018. One third of lens wearers recalled never hearing any lens care recommendations.

Most eye care providers reported sharing recommendations always or most of the time.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Eye care providers play an important role in the health of their contact lens-wearing patients and can share health communication messages with their patients to help educate them about healthy wear and care habits.   


Konne NM, Collier SA, Spangler J, Cope JR. Healthy Contact Lens Behaviors Communicated by Eye Care Providers and Recalled by Patients — United States, 2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:693–697. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6832a2external icon. 


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Last Updated on August 20, 2019 by Marie Benz MD FAAD