Retweet this: Healthy contacts always trending

Retweet this: Healthy contacts always trending

It's not often that proper contact lens wear and care becomes a topic of conversation on Twitter, but when it does, 140 characters simply won't suffice.

"Ninety-nine percent of respondents reported at least one contact lens hygiene risk behavior."

AOA, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners, took part in an interactive social media blast Monday that turned the hashtag #HealthyContactsChat into a heavy-hitting discussion about the risks of eye infections and complications associated with improper contact lens use.

The kickoff to the CDC's Contact Lens Health Week, Aug. 24-28—for which the AOA is an official partner—featured posts from AOA (@AOAConnect), AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section (@AOACLCS) and Jeffrey Walline, O.D., AOA CLCS chair, in addition to posts from other industry and agency sources, including:

  • CDC
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • National Eye Institute
  • National Eye Health Education Program
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • CooperVision
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Bausch+Lomb

The health observance gained national media attention with a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report outlining demographics and risk behaviors of U.S. contact lens wearers—the most glaring statistic being 99 percent of respondents reported at least one contact lens hygiene risk behavior.

As part of the Twitter chat, the AOA answered questions from the CDC with information about best practices, risks and links to additional resources for consumers. The stream is available for any Twitter user to peruse by searching the hashtag #HealthyContactsChat in Twitter, with AOA information easily recognizable and accessible.

Below are a few posts consumers are reading:

August 26, 2015

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