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Dear Colleagues,

August 22-26 marks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) annual Contact Lens Health Week and this year’s theme is healthy habits mean healthy eyes.

As an eye care professional, you advise your patients on a number of healthy habits all year; however, many people don’t realize one of the most important habits is regular visits to an eye care professional.

As a result, it’s not uncommon for some people, including many policymakers and patients, to raise questions around why face-to-face, comprehensive exams are required for contact lens patients or why their lens prescription is expiring each year.

That’s why events like Contact Lens Health Week are so essential. They help us remind patients that while routine appointments with an eye care professional are a vital part of preventative care for everyone, annual vision care is especially critical for contact lens patients.

We hope this new downloadable infographic. will help you continue to share the importance of healthy habits, including regular vision care, with policymakers, as well as contact lens wearers and non-wearers alike.

We thank the CDC for its efforts to provide helpful and accessible resources to both patients and providers, and for bringing contact lens health and safety to the forefront this week. As always, I encourage you to check out the resources here on our website and to contact me at with your perspectives, insights, and feedback.

Happy Contact Lens Health Week! Thank you for your commitment to promoting the health and safety of vision care patients all year long.


Millicent L. Knight, OD, FAARM
Vice President, Professional Affairs
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

Each month, members of JJVCI’s leadership – including JJVCI President, Peter Menziuso, ODs Dr. Millicent Knight and Dr. Carol Alexander, and others – offer legislative updates, stories from the field, and their perspective on current opportunities and challenges within the vision care profession.

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