The dos and don’ts about COVID have all our heads spinning. If you wear contacts, you’re probably on hyper-alert. After all, one of the cautions is not to touch your eyes or face.
The answer about what you should do is simpler than you think…
It’s all about following the best practices for contacts that should be a part of your routine already.
Keep Those Hands Clean
Your eye doctor has probably told you time and again to wash your hands before handling your contact lenses. To keep your eyes healthy, it’s imperative to follow this guidance even if you’ve been lax in the past.
Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before putting your contacts in and taking them out.
It’s a smart thing to do even without the threat of COVID.
Washing your hands eliminates those stray hairs or specks that can get under your lens and cause redness and irritation.
Consider Switching to Daily Lenses
Nearly 60 percent of people opt for extended wear or disposable contacts that can last anywhere from 7 to 30 days. Cost often factors foremost since they are some of the most affordable options, depending on the correction type.
An excellent way to minimize your COVID risk is to limit how much you touch your eyes. Daily, disposable lenses offer a reasonable compromise with added benefits.
You only touch a pair twice as opposed to the 14 or more times when you have extended wear lenses. That decreases your risk of infecting yourself.
- They are more convenient to use.
- You’ll save money on cleaning solutions.
- Daily disposable lenses are more comfortable to wear.
- Getting used to them is easy-peasy.
- Yes, they are more expensive, upfront. However, consider the long-term benefits, especially as they relate to COVID.
Many people may think that glasses are a safer way to go. After all, you’re touching your eyes less. However, the fact remains that glasses are not protection against airborne droplets.
There is one crucial caveat that you must bear in mind. If you are experiencing symptoms, reach for your specs instead of the contacts. The chances are you’ll sleep more. Contacts and sleeping are a no-no.
The takeaway is that you can wear contacts during COVID. Just make handwashing and other hygienic guidelines among your priorities to stay safe.
For more information about contact lenses and best practices to keep yourself protected, connect with Dr. Brisco and her team at Hollywood Vision Center today. Dr. Brisco is a leader in the field of optometry as well as an entrepreneur with a vision for bringing a holistic approach to maintaining the health of your eyes. Her expertise has benefitted a number of patients and families for years.