Is it still safe to be wearing my contact lenses?
Despite myths and misinformation that have arisen over the past weeks, contact lenses wear remains safe and highly effective form of vision correction.
PROPER HAND WASHING IS ESSENTIAL:
When using contact lenses or spectacles, careful and thorough hand washing with soap and water followed by hand drying with paper towel. For contact lens wearers, this should occur before every insert and removal.
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 eye professional advice.
DISINFECT SPECTACLES AND GLASSES:
Some viruses such as COVID-19 can remain on hard surfaces for hours to days, which can be transfer to spectacles wearers fingers and faces. This especially holds true for presbyopes. Most presbyopes require reading glasses and they may be putting them on and off their face multiple times a day. The age group common to presbyopes (generally people over 40) 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.
Recommendations made by Contact Lenses Today. If you require any more assistance please feel free to call the team here at Beckenham Optometrist on 9918 0616. We are always here to help.