Wearing and Caring for Your Contact Lenses Amid COVID-19
With the significant attention surrounding COVID-19, now more than ever, we are committed to the health and wellness of our global community and want to remind you of the steps you should take to ensure you are safely wearing and caring for your contact lenses.
Wearing contact lenses can have many benefits, and when cared for properly, can provide a comfortable and convenient way to work, play, and live for the approximately 140 million people who wear them globally.
There is currently no scientific evidence that would prevent contact lenses from being safely worn during this pandemic. It is important to follow the recommendation of your eye care professional as well as the instructions for use of your contact lenses and lens care products.
Here are a few important reminders on contact lens wear and care:
Wash Your Hands
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap, rinse completely and dry before inserting or removing your contact lenses.
Contact Lens Cleaning and Disinfection
- If solutions are required, use them appropriately and carefully follow the product’s instructions for use.
- Following removal of contact lenses, you should adhere to the lens care regimen recommended by your eye care practitioner.
- Rub and rinse contact lenses with contact lens disinfecting solution—never water or saliva—to clean them each time they are removed.
Contact Lens Case Care
- Lens cases should be emptied and rinsed with a contact lens cleaning solution and
allowed to air dry each time contact lenses are removed from it.Replace your lens case at least every three months, or as directed by your eye care practitioner.
Contact Lens Replacement
- Replace contact lenses as often as recommended by your eye care professional.
Remove your lenses immediately if you are experiencing problems and contact your eye care professional.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state one of the best ways to protect against COVID-19 is to clean your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Additionally, 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. For more information on protecting your eyes, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/protect-your-eyes.html