Coronavirus & Contact Lenses COVID-19
By Faye McDearmid on 2020-04-10
WEARING CONTACT LENSES AND CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
At Campbell & McDearmid Optometrists our clients have always been our number one priority, and during these uncertain times, our thoughts are with you and your families.
In light of recent developments regarding coronavirus, we wanted to provide you with additional information about contact lenses.
As we all navigate this new way of life, we will continue to be available to you through our online channels and over the phone offering information, guidance and support.
HOW TO SAFELY CONTINUE WEARING CONTACT LENSES
Contact lenses can be worn safely while preventing potential contamination by following proper contact lens care instructions given by your Optometrist, which include thoroughly washing, cleaning, and drying your hands prior to handling contact lenses. Detailed information on this can be found on cleaning and care below.
CLEANING & CARE
Whether you use daily disposable or reusable contact lenses, keeping up with proper hygiene when handling your contact lenses is as important as it has ever been. As always, wash your hands with antibacterial soap and hot water, then dry your hands before putting on or taking off your contact lenses.
Access official guidance from the World Health Organisation on handwashing by following this link: Clean Hands Protection.
CLEANING YOUR CONTACT LENSES
It only takes a few minutes to clean your reusable contact lenses with the appropriate solution to maintain excellent lens comfort and eye health.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
1. Wash Your Hands - Ensure your hands are washed, clean and dry to avoid irritation.
2. Begin With The Same Eye - Start with the same eye every time you put on or take off your contact lenses. This way you won’t mix them up.
3. Clean Lenses After Removal - Always clean your reusable contact lenses immediately after you take them off. If you wear daily disposable lenses, simply discard them after use. Remember you can collect up all used contact lenses, their plastic pods and foil lids to bring along to us for specialist recycling.
4. Never Use Tap Water To Clean A Lens Or Lens Case - As it may contain impurities that can contaminate or damage your lenses and may lead to eye infection or injury. Always use fresh contact lens disinfecting solution.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR REUSABLE CONTACT LENSES
1. Fill your clean case with fresh contact lens disinfecting solution before every use.
2. Clean the first lens by placing it in the clean, dry palm of your hand. Apply a few drops of contact lens disinfecting solution, and with one finger gently rub the lens back and forth to clean the lens surfaces.
3. Rinse the lens thoroughly with a few more drops of the prescribed solution, then put the lens into your clean contact lens case.
4. Repeat this routine for your other lens, close the case and leave your lenses to soak. Refer to your contact lens solution instructions for details on how long to soak your contact lenses or how often to change the solution if you don’t wear them every day.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR LENS CASE
1. Empty - Empty your contact lens case of the old solution.
2. Rinse - Rinse your case with fresh contact lens solution.
3. Air-Dry - Allow contact lens case to air-dry, upside down on a clean tissue.
4. Replace - Replace your contact lens case on a regular basis, usually every month.
Remember to always seek advice from your eye care professional and follow their recommendation with regards to cleaning and caring for your contact lenses.
WEARING CONTACT LENSES WHEN FEELING ILL
As always it is recommended to wear glasses instead of contact lenses until you get better, as your eyes may feel more uncomfortable than normal and you might be sleeping more which is not recommended to be done while wearing contact lenses. This can also reduce the chance of cross-contamination between germs from your illness and your contact lenses.
KEEPING UP WITH YOUR SUPPLIES
While the best course of action has been to close our practice temporarily to routine appointments to limit person-person interaction, you can still reorder your contact lenses by contacting us directly on 01642 483611 and leaving a message - Faye will call you back, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements. All regular contact lens orders and shipments will be delivered to you and any additional orders made will also be delivered. If you are due a routine contact lens consultation Faye will conduct this remotely over the telephone or via Zoom. If you have any concerns Faye will initially triage you remotely but will be able to see you in person in the event of an emergency - if you have an emergency please email email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
In the meantime, stay safe, stay home and take very good care of yourselves.
With very best wishes, we will meet again soon!