Further information regarding Contact Lens Wear & COVID-19

A new peer-reviewed paper on safe contact lens wear specific to COVID-19 – authored by five of the world’s most prominent experts in the field of contact lens practice – has been published in the journal Contact Lens & Anterior Eye.  The paper titled “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Important Considerations for Contact Lens Practitioners” concludes that no evidence exists for asymptomatic wearers to cease their use of contact lenses and that no evidence exists supporting claims that spectacles protect against COVID-19, among other determinations.  A copy of this paper can be accessed at the following here: - https://www.lindsayassociates.com.au/media/clnews/1588210840554803007.pdf

Additionally, new guidance was issued this past week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding contact lens wear and care amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The clear direction was posted to the CDC’s website (https://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/protect-your-eyes.html [cdc.gov]) and also supports continued contact lens wear for people who are healthy and practice safe hygiene habits.

Note that as we previously stated on an earlier posting – and consistent with guidance for other types of illness – no contact lens wearer with active COVID-19 should remain wearing their contact lenses.

Stay safe everyone! :)