COVID-19 – Additional precautions to take if you wear contacts

Additional precautions to take if you wear contacts

According to recommendations from Ordre des optométristes du Québec, it is okay to wear contact lenses if:

  • You do not have COVID-19 and do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or has symptoms.
  • You do not have any signs or symptoms of an eye infection.
  • You follow your eye care professional’s recommendations for contact lens care.

In addition, you must also follow strict sanitary measures:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap.
  2. Dry your hands with a clean cloth or fresh paper towel. Wash the cloth or throw away the paper towel after use.
  3. Do not use tap water to clean or rinse your contacts or case.
  4. If you do not wear daily contact lenses, clean your lenses with the prescribed lens care solution and always close the bottle after use.
    • Your lens care solution has been chosen specifically for your lens type. Do not change solutions without discussing it with your optometrist.
    • Do not use a contact lens solution past its expiry date.
    • Don’t use no-name brand solutions. These are often older formulas and may not be compatible with your lenses.
  1. Never sleep with your lenses in, unless your optometrist says your contacts are designed for it. Sleeping with contacts not designed for extended wear increases the risk of eye infections.
  2. Never share your contacts with another person.
  3. If you want to use eye drops (medical or lubricating), ask your optometrist if you need to remove your contacts first.
  4. Keep your contact case clean at all times. Clean it with the solution recommended by your optometrist and let it air dry, open and upside down on a paper towel, until completely dry. It is recommended you replace your case every month during the pandemic.
  5. Empty the case completely each day. Never add solution to a case that already has some solution in it.
  6. Take a good look at your eye before inserting the lens. When worn safely, contacts should not cause redness, discomfort, or visual disturbances. If they do, stop wearing your lenses immediately and consult your optometrist.
  7. It’s more important than ever to replace your lenses as often as specified (daily, bi-monthly, or monthly).

Source : Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators

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NOTE: If you wear scleral or gas permeable contact lenses, these instructions likely won’t apply. Make sure you follow the advice of your eye care professional.

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