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We’re all being advised to regularly wash our hands and keep hygiene levels high, as well as avoiding touching our face as much as possible which at times can be difficult, particularly if you wear glasses, contact lenses or hearing aids.
There is currently no evidence that contact lenses should be avoided by individuals, it’s just important that extra care is taken when applying them. This includes always washing and drying your hands thoroughly before handling, fitting and removing lenses - even if the lens is new. Governing bodies are urging people to wash their hands before touching their eyes and face in any way, therefore it is best practice to follow this procedure when wearing glasses and fitting hearing aids too.
It’s also good practice to clean your glasses regularly with a glasses cleaning solution, ensuring you clean every part, including the frames and nose pads. We’d also recommend regularly washing your glasses cleaner cloth by putting it in the washing machine and monitoring the hygiene of your glasses case.
Did you know that, on average, we touch our faces over 20 times an hour? It’s only natural that glasses and contact lens wearers have to touch their faces even more frequently. With this in mind, our clinical team at Bayfields opticians have put together some information that we hope you find useful.
Are there any ocular symptoms with the Coronavirus?
A pink eye, or Conjunctivitis, is believed to occur in about 1-3% of people infected with the Coronavirus. The chances are that you are likely to experience other symptoms such as a cough or fever rather than pink eyes.
Should I avoid wearing contact lenses?
It is important that you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds followed by drying them with unused paper towels before applying or removing your contact lenses. Despite some of the reports that you may have heard recently, so long as you clean your hands and contact lenses (if reusable) as instructed, contact lens wear is safe.
Is an antibacterial hand sanitiser better than soap?
The World Health Organisation are advising people to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you blow your nose or cough, we strongly recommend that you wash your hands thoroughly and dry them, again, with an unused paper towel.
Although hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol content is also effective, the problem with this type of hand sanitiser is that the alcohol could pass from your hands to your eyes and cause discomfort. Soap and water is definitely the best option in this case.
If I normally wear monthly lenses, should I switch to dailies so I’m not handling my lenses as much?
The risk of developing a contact lens related infection when wearing reusable contact lenses as opposed to daily disposable contact lenses are higher. This is normally because hands have not been washed properly and/or contact lens replacement frequency or cleaning regimens have not been followed properly. Please follow the instructions that you received from us or refer to instructions from the contact lens manufacturer or on your contact lens solution bottle.
How often should I replace my contact lens case?
Advice has not changed – we recommend that you replace your contact lens case on a monthly basis. Once you have applied your contact lenses, you should empty your contact lens case, rinse it with some fresh contact lens solution and leave it upside down on a clean surface to air dry.
Is it safer to wear surgical gloves when handling contact lenses?
It’s rather difficult to handle contact lenses with gloves on and there is no need to do so, so long as you’re washing your hands before coming into contact with contact lenses.
Can I continue using comfort drops?
If you stop using your comfort drops, your eyes may become more uncomfortable and you may be more prone to touching your face. So long as you are washing your hands thoroughly before applying the drops, it is perfectly safe to continue using them.