Covid- 19 and Contact Lens Wear
A lot has changed with COVID-19 over the last few years, but for us, your eye health and safety are always our priority. What we know about Covid-19 is being updated globally on a daily basis. Read on for the latest, up to date information on Covid-19 and contact lens wear.
Is it safe to wear contact lenses?
There is no evidence to date that contact lens wear should be avoided by healthy people, or that contact lens wearers are more at risk for a coronavirus infection compared to those wearing spectacles.
Millions of people worldwide continue to wear contact lenses as a safe and highly effective way to correct vision.
How important is contact lens hygiene?
Strict hygiene protocols are in the spotlight everywhere you look these days. The same applies to contact lens use. It is now just as important as ever, to keep up your strict hygiene and disinfection protocols, provided by your optometrist. These include:
- Proper Hand Washing. Every time you insert and remove your contact lenses, careful and thorough hand washing with soap and water followed by hand drying with unused paper towels/ clean towels are essential.
- Correct Contact Lens Disinfection. Daily disposable contact lenses should be discarded at the end of each day following removal. Monthly and two-weekly lenses need to be cleaned after each use by the solution(s) recommended by your optometrist.
- Following the wearing schedule. Sticking to the wearing schedule (including the number of days per week contact lenses are worn, and whether they are suitable for sleeping in overnight). Replacing your contact lenses regularly, as determined by their type (daily disposable, two weekly or monthly replacement lenses).
- Cease lens wear if you are unwell. Stopping contact lens wear when you are sick, as with any illness, is advised. Wear can be restarted when you recover.
- Disinfect spectacles. If you wear spectacles, clean them daily with lens cleaning spray. They can be periodically washed in warm, soapy water and rinsed with clean water —especially if you touch them a lot. This particularly holds true for people wearing reading spectacles, which may be taken on and off many times per day.
- Avoid using hand sanitiser prior to handling contact lenses. This can irritate the eyes, so it is better to use soap and water instead.
- Consult your optometrist if you have any concerns with your eyes or need further advice.
Information provided sourced from the current guidelines from Optometry Association, American Optometric Association, and Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia.