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Is it safe to wear contacts during the COVID-19 crisis?

The answer is yes! According to the CDC, currently there is no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring COVID-19 than eyeglass wearers. The most important thing is that contact lens wearers continue to practice safe contact lens hygiene habits to help prevent against transmission of any contact lens-related infections, such as always washing hands with soap and water before handling lenses.


In addition this,

  • Disinfect Contact Lenses. Contact lens wearers should either dispose of their daily disposable lenses each evening, or regularly disinfect their monthly and two-week lenses according to manufacturer and eye care professional instructions. My preferred disinfecting solution is Clear Care.

  • Disinfect Glasses. Some viruses such as COVID-19 can remain on hard surfaces for hours to days, which can be transferred to glasses wearers’ fingers and faces. This especially holds true for presbyopes (people generally over the age of 40). Most presbyopes require reading glasses and they may be putting them on and off their face multiple times a day. This age group appears to be among the more vulnerable population for developing COVID-19, as compared with contact lens wearers, who are typically younger.

  • Discontinue Lens Wear Only if Sick. Ceasing contact lens wear when sick is advised, consistent with guidance for other types of illness.

  • Glasses are Not Proven to Offer Protection. There is no scientific evidence that wearing glasses provide protection against COVID-19 or other viral transmissions.


Stay healthy out there!

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