Wearing Contact Lenses in the Current Pandemic- Is it safe?

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Wearing Contact Lenses in the Current Pandemic- Is it safe?

With the pandemic entering its second wave in several countries, health experts urge people to exercise maximum hygiene. Personal measures like washing hands regularly and avoiding touching your face are also being encouraged since the virus can enter your body through the nose, eyes, and mouth.

The situation has raised several questions among people who wear contact lenses.

Is it safe to wear contact lenses during the pandemic?

The discovery of COVID-19 hasn’t changed much when it comes to wearing contact lenses. Vision care is essential, and the proper steps to wear and use contact lenses remain the same. To keep using lenses, one must practice adequate hand hygiene.

How to wear contact lenses safely

You must wash your hands and not use alcohol-based hand-rub as it will affect your eyes. Other precautions include to maintain proper eye health are:

  • Cleaning your lenses after taking them off.
  • Cleaning your lens cases with warm soapy water once a week.
  • Do not go swimming or near the water with your contact lenses on.
  • Avoid rubbing your face or eyes.

How to Put on and Take off Contact Lenses

The following steps will help you put on and take off your contact lenses

Put on:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap, then use a lint-free towel to rinse and dry them.
  • Check your lenses are not inside out. Place the lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to a light source. If the edges of the lens are flared out, it’s inside out. Your lens should look similar to a bowl and have straight edges.
  • Use your dominant hand and place the lens on the tip of the middle finger. Now use your opposite side and pull your eyelid upward with the index finger. Gently place the lens on your eye without blinking. Once you place the lens, close your eye and let it rest.

Take off:

  • Look into a mirror and use your index finger of the dominant hand to pull your lower eyelid down.
  • Look up and slide the lens downwards to the white part of the eye.
  • Now gently squeeze the glass with your thumb and index finger and pull it off your eye. 

Vision care and eye health are essential, and with COVID-19 underway, it has only become more important to take good care of your eyes.

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