You can’t escape the news about Coronavirus. The landscape is changing on a daily basis with confirmed cases of infection rapidly on the increase. To date, there have now been over 175,000 reported cases globally with close to 7000 deaths.

With an increased focus on sanitation and hygiene, what exactly does it mean for the contact lenses wearers among us?

If you’re currently wondering whether you can catch the virus from your contact lenses, order contacts online and you won’t be alone. Declared a public health emergency it has now spread to 75 different countries. As such, minimising risk of infection has to be everyone’s number one concern.

How to Clean your Contact Lenses Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak?

We’ve put together this handy little guide to help you clean your contact lenses the most effective way amid the outbreak.

While you’re likely to see plenty of people walking around protecting their mouths with surgical masks, your eyes also play a crucial role in preventing the spread of infection. Just think about it for a minute. How many times a day do you touch your face and rub your eyes? More than you probably ever realised. Your eyes and nose are every bit as susceptible to bacterial infection as your mouth is.

A Peking University student who contacted the virus back in January said that he believed he’d caught it through wearing inadequate eye protection. Apparently, his left eye became inflamed after working with infected patients and he subsequently developed a fever along with a build-up of mucus in the channels of his nose and throat. The best course of action is to avoid touching your eyes, nose and indeed your mouth with unwashed hands. Even tiny infected droplets landing on your hands, in your mouth or into the eyes and nose can end up being inhaled into the lungs.

Top Tips to Cleaning your Contact Lenses during the coronavirus outbreak

With the above in mind, it’s never been more important to introduce a thorough and systematic approach towards ensuring your eyes are kept healthy and remain infection-free. Good hygiene has never been more crucial.

Here are our top Coronavirus prevention tips:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and dry them before touching your lenses. This is especially important if you have been coughing or sneezing. Think of your favourite tune and sing that! Not only will it entertain you, but it will ensure that you are washing for long enough to reduce the number of microbes on your hands. 20 seconds is the optimum duration.
  • You might want to consider switching to daily disposable contact lenses as an extra precautionary measure. They’re far more hygienic, much easier to maintain and also significantly reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Do not wear your lenses for longer than the recommended usage time.
  • Always ensure that you have an up to date prescription pair of glasses on hand in case of an emergency.
  • Be sure to keep on top of your regular eye examinations and check-ups to make sure that your eye health, in general, is maintained.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms such as sore, swollen or red eyes, then seek professional advice immediately.

Don’t be tempted to put water or saliva on your lenses or directly into your eye while wearing them. The same applies to using eyedrops unless they are ophthalmologist approved and recommended. Above all else, keep your cool and stick to the facts. While the likelihood is that you’re panicking right now there’s no need to. Anxiety is natural but if you are routinely washing your hands, contact lens wearers should be able to continue as normal.