COVID 19 AND CONTACT LENS WEAR





COVID 19 AND CONTACT LENS WEAR


In the weeks since COVID-19 has emerged, many have wondered if it’s okay to wear contact lenses. The Contact Lens Institute has shared guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supporting continued contact lens wear for people who are healthy and practice safe hygiene habits.


In a time when there is considerable misinformation and rumor, the CDC has clearly stated that contact lens wearers can continue to wear their lenses safely while caring for their lenses as prescribed by their eyecare professional.


Should contact lens wearers take special precautions to prevent COVID-19? Currently there is no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring COVID-19 than eyeglass wearers, according to the CDC. They advise contact lens wearers to continue to practice safe contact lens wear and care hygiene habits to help prevent against transmission of any contact-lens related infections, such as always washing their hands before handling lenses and using eyecare professional recommended contact lens disinfecting products.

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