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Is it safe to wear contact lenses during Covid-19?

Many patients are concerned about wearing contact lenses during Covid-19. Here are some clarifications to help ease concerns during this unprecedented time.

You can keep wearing contact lenses during Covid-19, but be sure to follow these safety tips.

 

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry your hands completely before handling your contact lenses.
  • Daily disposable contact lenses are ideal to minimize the risk for eye infections
  • Never sleep with your contact lenses in your eyes
  • Never use tap water to rinse your contact lenses
  • If you are feeling unwell, stop wearing your contacts until you feel better. As soon as you recover, put in a fresh pair.

Can glasses protect me?


Much information has been circulating on the internet that wearing glasses can protect you against Covid-19. This is false. There is no evidence that regular eyeglasses can protect against Covid-19. You need to clean your glasses as well!

 

Dr Angela Issa, optometrist