COVID-19 has changed the way people move and interact in public spaces, influencing our personal hygiene and habits. For contact lens wearers, the “new normal” has put a question on their use of contacts. While contact lenses are generally a safe and effective form of vision correction for many people, concerns have grown as to whether it’s OK to continue using these lenses or not amid the pandemic.
Since contact lenses are inserted and removed using one’s fingers, wouldn’t this pose a higher risk of coronavirus infection? According to recent research, there is no sufficient evidence suggesting that contact lens wearers have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Experts have also emphasized the importance of proper handwashing and good hygiene in order to prevent or reduce such risks.
Lumen Optometric, a trusted expert in eye care and dry eye treatment, shares more tips below.
Observe Proper Handwashing
Before handling your contact lenses, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Afterwards, dry your hands with a clean towel or unused paper towels. If soap and water are not available, you can use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% of alcohol.
Regularly Disinfect Contact Lenses
Your scleral optometrist will also likely advise you to regularly disinfect your contacts if they are monthly or two-week lenses. Make sure to follow the cleaning instructions of the manufacturer or your eye doctor. If you have disposable lenses, get rid of them properly every after use.
Discontinue Wearing Contacts and Switch to Glasses if Sick
If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or you have tested positive for COVID-19, it would be best to stop using your contacts and switch to glasses for the meantime. Take note, however, that wearing glasses cannot protect you against COVID-19 or prevent transmissions of the virus.
Lumen Optometric is a local practice that offers top-notch eye care services. From eye exams to Neurolens treatment, we can ensure a personalized approach to your eye concerns. Call us at (626) 921-0199 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.