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COVID-19: Can I still safely wear my contact lenses?

Our fellow eye nerd friends at the University of Waterloo released a statement on March 16, 2020 that, “there is no evidence 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 spectacle wearers.”


The quick and clean facts are

  • Contact lens Wear is Safe

  • Proper Hand Washing is Essential

  • Disinfect Contact Lenses

  • Disinfect Spectacles and Glasses - see our video by Dr. Steve on Instagram showing 3 easy ways to do this here

  • Discontinue Lens Wear Only if Sick.

  • Spectacles are Not Proven to Offer Protection.

Thank you to good friends at the University of Waterloo for helping us be safe. We salute you!

About the Author Dr. Steve received his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. He serves as the owner and full-time eye doctor of Inglewood and Ramsay at Respect Eyecare. His special interest is in contact lenses and dry eye syndrome.

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