Want to hear some good news? There is currently no evidence to suggest that contact lens wear can increase the risk of being infected with SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19, says the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA).
Contact lens wear does not appear to increase the risk of developing COVID-19 compared to spectacle lens wearers, or those with normal vision who do not need any corrective devices. To date, there is no known research suggesting any such link or risk.
However, now more than ever, our optometrists advise all contact lens wearers to follow thorough, correct hand-washing and strict hygiene practices while wearing lenses to decrease the risk of eye infections.
Cease contact lens wear if sick
If you’re unwell, please stop wearing your contact lenses. If you show any symptoms of COVID-19, colds, the ’flu, respiratory tract infections, sore eyes, discharge and so on, please stop wearing your contact lenses until at least 24 hours after symptoms resolve.
Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses and their cases. Pay extra attention to the tips of your fingers and thumbs that touch the lenses. Wash your hands with warm water and soap and then dry them with a clean paper towel.
- Avoid touching your eyes, face, nose and lips and avoid rubbing your eyes
- Do not reuse daily disposable lenses. They are meant for single use only
- Disinfect reusable contact lenses after each wear following the manufacturer’s guidelines
- Avoid water exposure to contact lenses
- Do not leave your lenses in your eyes overnight unless prescribed
- Make sure you purchase your contact lenses from a reputable supplier
In case of emergency, please call The Eye Scene on 9362 9944 or go to Sydney Eye Hospital, if out of hours.