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Healthy contact lens wear and care

There is no evidence to date that contact lens wear should be avoided by healthy individuals, or that contact lens wearers are more at risk for a coronavirus infection compared to those wearing spectacles.

There is currently no evidence to suggest any correlation between the usage of contact lenses and the spread of Covid-19 or a coronavirus infection related to contact lens use.

To help maintain healthy contact lens wear, all contact lenses wearers should follow correct lens wear and care instructions as prescribed by their Eye Care Professional. These include following good hygiene practices. When you are unwell, for example cold or flu like symptoms, you may not feel like wearing lenses and this is good practice. Please seek guidance from your Eye Care Professional if you have any queries.

BCLA Wearing and Caring guides are available to download.

  • Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses and lens cases.

  • Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before applying a contact lens, even if the lens is new and directly from the packaging.

  • Always wash and dry your hands before removing your contact lenses.

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