COVID-19 and your glasses and contacts

April 3, 2020 | Business

Should I Wear My Contacts or Switch to Glasses?

There is no clear answer to this question. The primary goal is to minimize droplet transmission. This can be done if we wash our hands and do not touch our faces. Wearing either glasses or contacts causes people to touch their face or eyes more frequently, whether consciously or sub-consciously. The safest people are those who were either born with perfect vision or who have had refractive (vision correction) surgery to fix their eyes.

However, for those individuals who still require prosthetic devices such as glasses and contact lenses to help them see, wearing either glasses or contacts can be safe as long as you remember to thoroughly wash, clean, and dry your hands each time you handle either your glasses or contacts. Practicing good hygiene each time you handle your glasses or contacts may prevent the transmission of COVID-19 through tears.

Contact lens wearers will undoubtedly be safer wearing daily disposable lenses than they will be cleaning and reusing their lenses. For those who use contact lens cases and solutions, be sure to use fresh solutions, clean the lens cases with soap and water each day, then rinse and dry them thoroughly before reuse. While these measures should be routine, the CDC reports that over 80% of contact lens wearers do not adhere to the recommended steps. This is the time to follow the recommended practices.



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