Contact lens wear is safe during the COVID-19 pandemic as long as proper hand washing and disinfecting procedures are followed, according to three experts quoted in a press release from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education.
“When using contact lenses or spectacles, careful and thorough hand washing followed by hand drying with unused paper towels is paramount.
“For contact lens wearers, this should occur before every insertion and removal,” they said.
The three also emphasized the importance of disinfecting spectacles and glasses, as the corona virus can remain on hard surfaces and glasses for hours to days.
They recommend discontinuing contact lens wear when sick and said that spectacles are not proven to offer protection.
” Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FCAHS, DipCLP, DipOrth, FIACLE, FAAO; Philip Morgan, BSc, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA; and Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, said in the release. is director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education at the University of Waterloo in Canada; Morgan is chair of the division of pharmacy and optometry at the University of Manchester, U.K.; and Nichols is associate vice president of research and a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.
To Our Patients,
Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking all our patients who are considered high risk, to postpone non-essential excursions outside their homes in order to reduce risk of contracting COVID-19. This includes anyone over the age of 60, pregnant or nursing mothers, and anyone who is immunocompromised.
Although our office staff is vigilant about following all CDC and AOA guidelines, sanitizing all surfaces and eyewear, disinfecting all equipment, and common areas (reception area, bathroom, door handles, etc.), we nonetheless wish to avoid risking the health of our most vulnerable patients with unnecessary exposure to others who may be contagious but asymptomatic.
In an effort to further protect our patients and staff, we ask that you all are mindful of the following precautions:
- If you are sick, please stay home. If you have had contact with someone who is ill or are caring for someone at risk, please defer your appointment.
- If you have an ocular emergency or any urgent issue –please call us to schedule a telephone consult. If the doctor determines that he/she cannot resolve an urgent concern without seeing you in person, we will arrange an appointment for you in our office.
- If you or your child are out of contacts or have broken or lost your glasses, and cannot get to our office, we can almost always fabricate and ship a replacement set, as we have your measurements on file.
Until further notice the office remains open for all your needs, including emergencies.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time as we all work together to keep our community healthy and safe.