Especially early on in the pandemic, there was a lot of misinformation out there about the use of wearing contact lenses. There were also a number of articles that explained that eyeglasses were Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against contracting COVID. Hopefully this will clear up some of the misinformation:
1. You Can Keep Wearing Contact Lenses
There is currently no scientific evidence that contact lens wearers have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 compared with glasses wearers. Give us a call or send us an e-mail with any questions!
2. Good Hygiene Habits are Critical
Thorough handwashing and drying are essential, as well as properly wearing and caring for contact lenses, ensuring good contact lens case hygiene, and regularly cleaning glasses with soap and water. These habits can help you stay healthy and out of your doctor’s office or hospital. These lessons are also good if there isn’t a pandemic going on!
3. Regular Eyeglasses / Spectacles Do Not Provide Protection
No scientific evidence supports rumors that everyday glasses offer protection against COVID-19. Not to scare our eyeglass wearing friends but glasses can potentially be a hard surface that can have the virus on it. If you are a glasses wearer make sure you disinfect them often with soap and water!
4. Keep Unwashed Hands Away from Your Face
Whether you wear contact lenses, glasses or require no vision correction at all, avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes with unwashed hands, consistent with World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.
5. If you are ill, temporarily stop wearing your contacts and use your glasses instead
Once you return to full health and have spoken with your eye doctor, you can start again. Make sure to use new contact lenses and a new lens case. This is also a good life lesson for other diseases like the flu or a cold.