COVID-19 and contact lenses: the facts you need to know.
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 spectacle wearers. Consult your eye care practitioner with 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.
3. Regular Eyeglasses / Spectacles Do Not Provide Protection. No scientific evidence supports rumors that everyday glasses offer protection against COVID-19.
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) 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 optometrist/eye care practitioner, you can start again. Make sure to use new contact lenses and a new lens case.
World Council of Optometry – April 2020
Contact lenses, correct your vision just like glasses.
It’s important the lens match the vision correction you need for your eyes, so working with your doctor of optometry to select the correct lens and ensure it fits properly is an important first step. There are many convenient and healthy contact lens options, and new options routinely become available. During your annual eye exam, your doctor of optometry will look at the internal and external health of your eyes, and determine the lens options that are currently available to best meet your vision needs.
Detailed measurements of your eyes are taken, and trial lenses are used to achieve the best possible fit and to determine if you can comfortably wear contacts. A contact lens fitting takes more than a single visit to your doctor of optometry. The follow-up visit will ensure the lenses continue to fit properly and remain comfortable after prolonged periods of wear.
Ordering your contact lenses online is not safe, even with a prescription, as different lenses will fit your eyes differently and can significantly impact your eye health. Every contact lens product is unique and designed for a particular purpose. This includes everything from material, curvature, fit, oxygen permeability, deposit resistance, moisture content and lifespan.
Your doctor of optometry knows your eyes and also has access to the latest lenses available. As part of your regular exam, they will advise you on new options as they come onto the market that may make your contact lens experience even more comfortable and convenient.
Cosmetic Contact Lenses
If you are planning to wear cosmetic contact lenses as part of your Halloween costume or just for the novelty, it’s important to know that these lenses are considered medical devices in Canada and it is illegal for companies to sell these without a license.
Don’t risk your eye health. Speak with your doctor of optometry regarding their recommendations and which lenses would be suitable for your eyes.