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Coronavirus and Contact Lens Wear

Coronavirus and Contact Lens Wear

The is no evidence to suggest that wearing contact lenses increases the risk of contracting COVID-19 (Coronavirus).However good hygiene measures need to be adhered too and contact lenses should only be worn for the prescribe time frame.

Prior to contact lens insertion and removal, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly.  Avoid touching your face and eyes once your contact lenses are in, until you’re ready to remove them. 

Only wear your contact lenses for the intended time of use. Ie. daily lenses should only be worn for the day and thrown away in the evening as the material is thin and starts to break down, wearing them multiple times exposes your eyes to the risk of bacteria and viral infections.  Two weekly and monthly lenses are more robust, but they still require the proper contact lens care of nightly soaking in disinfecting contact lens solution to kill bacteria and re-hydrate the lens.

Feeling unwell ?– stop wearing your contact lenses, viral infections can existing in your tears and mucus membranes, which may increase the risk of infection to others.  Severe conjunctivitis, light sensitivity, irritation and a watery discharge are symptoms associated with Coronavirus.  If going to visit your Optometrist and you’re displaying these symptoms, please advise the practice at the time of booking your appointment.

If you are an occasional contact lens wearer, swapping between your lenses and your spectacles please disinfect your spectacle frames regularly as viruses, including COVID-19 can existing on hard surfaces and so can easily transfer to the fingers, the face and other people.

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