Eye See Tobacco Free brochure educates teens smoking, CLs don’t mix

November 14, 2012

As part of its commitment to improving public health, the AOA and its volunteer-led Health Promotions Committee published a new patient education piece targeting teenage contact lens wearers on the hazards of tobacco use.

Eye See Tobacco Free provides easy-to-understand facts about the many downsides of smoking:

    • Eye irritation
    • Contamination of contact lenses
    • Increased risk for eye disease
    • Premature aging of skin
    • Shortness of breath
    • Link to multiple diseases, such as lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and overall reduced life expectancy.

Many teens choose contact lenses for vision correction to enhance their looks and athletic performance.

Doctors of optometry can use this new brochure to provide all teenage patients with updated information on the dangers of smoking, in addition to resources to help smokers quit.

A complimentary 8-1/2” by 11” version can be downloaded at www.aoa.org/documents/Smoking-Cessation.pdf.

Members may purchase a tri-fold version, item PA3 (also available for imprinting), from the AOA Marketplace at www.aoa.org/onlinestore.

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