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Contacts and COVID-19 -- An update for your health

Contacts and COVID-19 -- An update for your health
22.04.2020 | Events

There has been considerable misinformation about the safety of contact lens wear during COVID-19 and we want you to know where we stands on this issue.

Alcon and industry associations including the American Optometric Association (AOA), American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Contact Lens Institute (CLI) support the recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that states:

There is currently no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring COVID-19 than eyeglass wearers.

Contact lens wearers should continue to practice safe contact lens wear and care hygiene habits to help prevent against transmission of any contact lens-related infections, such as always washing hands with soap and water before handling lenses. People who are healthy can continue to wear and care for their contact lenses as prescribed by their eye care professional. In addition, it is important to remind ALL individuals (whether they wear contact lenses, glasses, need no vision correction at all, have dry eye or suffer from ocular allergies) to clean their hands often, and avoid touching their mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.