How to take care of contact lenses during a pandemic
Wearing contact lenses can be a comfortable alternative to glasses. When worn properly, they are safe, healthy, and convenient. But the COVID-19 pandemic has left many worried that their contact lenses can make them sick.
According to the CDC, "Currently there is no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring COVID-19 than eyeglass wearers."
It is still important to take care of your contacts properly and maintain proper hygiene.
Wash your hands
Always wash your hands with soap and water before inserting or removing your lenses.
Clean and disinfect your contact lenses
Following contact lens removal, clean your lenses with proper disinfectant. NEVER use water. Rub and rinse the contact lenses with the solution before storing them in the case. Follow the instructions provided on the packaging for your contact solution.
Storing your contacts
Contact lens cases should be emptied of solution and air dried each time contact lenses are removed from it. NEVER store your contact lenses in water. Fill your contact lens case with contact lens solution each time before storing your contacts. DO NOT reuse contact lens solution.
Your contact lens case should be replaced every 3 months.
If you use a Hydrogen Peroxide solution like ClearCare, follow the instructions on the packaging for proper cleaning and storing. NEVER use a standard contact lens case with contact lens solution like ClearCare.
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Contact lens replacement
Contacts should be replaced regularly according to your wear schedule. Daily contacts should not be worn for more than one day, monthly contacts should be replaced with a new pair at the beginning of each month. If you are unsure of your wear schedule, contact our office.
If you have pain, discomfort, or any problems with your contact lenses, discontinue wear and contact our office.
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