All contact lens wearers are wondering if they should continue to wear them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. CDC has updated its guidance for contact lens wearers. Their guidance supports continued contact lens wear for people who are healthy and practice safe hygiene habits.
In addition to practicing good contact lens hygiene, it’s important to practice common sense. If you find yourself constantly touching your eyes when you wear contacts, then you’ll likely be better served by wearing glasses.
Among other COVID-19-related guidance, the CDC is answering this pressing question:
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.
Contact lens wearers should 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 hands with soap and water before handling lenses.
People who are healthy can continue to wear and care for their contact lenses as prescribed by their eye care professional.
Eye care professionals are looking for sound, evidence-based recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anyone with specific questions about their contact lenses or lens care products should contact their eye care practitioners. In addition, remember to always follow all of the manufacturer’s directions for proper lens wear and care.
Are Some Contact Lenses Better Than Others For COVID-19?
While it’s true that some contact lenses allow more oxygen to enter the eye, there isn’t any evidence that specific brands or types of lenses offer better, worse or any protection at all against the novel coronavirus.
In general, daily lenses offer the best hygiene because they mitigate improper cleaning.
What Can You Do To Help Prevent COVID-19?
The World Health Organization recommends the following:
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
- Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
- Call your doctor if you feel unwell
- Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Don’t go out in public if you feel unwell
For more information on healthy contact lens wear and care, visit the CDC website.
Camilo is the founder of Contacts Compare and is a contact lens enthusiast who has been buying, shopping, and comparing contact lenses for over 12 years. He started Contacts Compare because it was nearly impossible to compare prices quickly to make sure he was getting the best price possible. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. His favorite contact lens is Acuvue Oasys 1-Day with Hydraluxe.