Are contact lenses still safe to wear?

There has been plenty of discussion online and in social media about the risks to your health if you continue to wear contact lenses during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.  Is it still safe to wear contact lenses during the cononavirus (covid-19) pandemic?

However, the chief executive of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has reiterated that contact lenses are still safe to wear by healthy individuals who are not suffering from, or showing potential symptoms of coronavirus (covid-19).

There is currently no evidence that there is a link to wearing contact lenses and the spread of coronavirus (covid-19).

Taking special precautions

However, now is the time to be extra vigilant about your contact lens hygiene.  You should be washing your hands for 20 seconds and drying them before handling, putting in or taking out contact lenses, and using the correct contact lens care routines as specified by the manufacturer.

Conjunctivitis has now been identified as a possible symptom of coronavirus and, as usual, if you believe you have an eye infection, you should immediately remove your contact lenses from both eyes, and discard them (even if you have only just started using them).  You should also discard any open solutions and cases you have been using.  Wear your glasses until the infection has fully cleared up.  The same instructions apply if you have coronavirus, or have other symptoms of coronavirus

How we can help

The length of time you can be supplied contact lenses has been temporarily increased to 3 months beyond your contact lens recall date.  This is to avoid unnecessary visits to your opticians practice. We can now supply contact lenses direct to your door and you can place an order over the phone or by emailing us. For more information on our contact lens services, please click on this link https://www.richardtildesleyopticians.co.uk/contact-lenses-chichester/

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of your contact lenses, please contact us. Please note that as more data and evidence is collected regarding coronavirus, advice may change.

We can be contacted by phoning 01243 786600 or emailing info@richardtildesleyopticians.co.uk

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