New CDC Guidelines for Contact Lens Wear to Protect Against Covid-19

May 2020 Press
CDC Guidelines

The Contact Lens Institute (CLI), a non-profit dedicated in representing the interest of the contact lens and lens care industry, had shared a new guidance issued in April by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding contact lens wear and care amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The guidelines, posted to the CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 website, supports continued contact lens wear for people who are healthy and practice safe hygiene habits.

"In a time when there is considerable misinformation and rumor, the CDC has now provided clear, straight-forward guidance as to how contact lens wearers can continue to wear their lenses safely, including following proper lens hygiene habits," said Dr. Rick Weisbarth, Board Chairman of the Contact Lens Institute.

There is currently no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring Covid-19 than eyeglass wearers.

Contact lens wearers are advised to continue the practice of safe contact lens wear and care hygiene habits to help prevent against transmission of any contact lens-related infections, such as always washing hands with soap and water before handling lenses.

The Institute also recommends to people who are healthy to continue wearing and caring for their contact lenses as prescribed by their eye care professional.

"Health care providers and their patients are looking for sound, evidence-based recommendations-now more than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic. We welcome the CDC's guidance and look forward to additional support from the medical and scientific communities," said Dr. Weisbarth.

The Institute advised anyone with specific questions about their contact lenses or lens care products to contact their eye care practitioners, as well as, follow all of the manufacturer's directions for proper lens wear and care.