In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, our daily routines have been greatly altered to ensure the safety of our friends, families, and ourselves. During these unprecedented times, contact lens wearers may find themselves wondering if it is safe to wear contact lenses. Cautiously, the answer is yes.
Under normal conditions, practicing good hygiene is crucial to safe contact lens use. Due to the current pandemic, it is important that we practice good hygiene with an even higher level of diligence.
The primary ocular concern of COVID-19 is transmission of the virus from your hand to your eye. There is evidence for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus responsible for the COVID-19 infection) to cause inflammation of the eye known as conjunctivitis, or “pink eye” (AAO 2020). With 25 years of experience and a close eye on the evolving outbreak, Williams Eye Works has created a contact lens care regimen to ensure safe contact lens wear during the COVID-19 pandemic: