Contact Lens Wearers Encouraged to Continue Routine Hygiene Practices
Now more than ever, avoiding touching your face and diligent hand washing are of vital importance, regardless of whether or not you are a contact lens wearer.
However, you don’t need to ditch your contact lenses for glasses as suggested by recent news reports on COVID-19 prevention measures, according to Dr. Jeffrey Walline, associate dean for research at The Ohio State University College of Optometry.
“There is no evidence that discontinuing contact lens wear or wearing glasses will decrease your risk of contracting COVID-19,” explains Dr. Walline.
“Follow the hygiene practices routinely recommended by your optometrist,” advises Dr. Walline. “First and foremost, thoroughly wash and rinse your hands before handling your contact lenses. Stop wearing your contact lenses if your eyes become red, painful or you can’t see clearly. Also disinfect or dispose of your contact lenses according to your doctor’s recommendations and call your optometrist if the symptoms don’t go away after discontinuing contact lens wear.”
Dr. Nicky Lai, associate professor of clinical optometry at Ohio State Optometry, adds, “If you are ill or feeling ill, it is best to avoid contact lens wear. This applies to any type of illness, not just coronavirus.”