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Is it safe to wear contact lenses during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To prevent becoming infected with COVID-19, health experts are urging people to avoid touching their face. That's because SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can enter the body through the mouth, nose and eyes. That's left millions of people around the world who wear contact lenses wondering if they should stop wearing them and switch to glasses during this pandemic.

It IS safe for people to continue wearing contact lenses as long as they remain diligent about washing their hands. You should always avoid rubbing or itching your eyes.

Also, take special precautions when using hand sanitizers and the alcohol can burn and sting.

The American Optometric Association is reinforcing that contact lenses are safe when proper care is taken and they are properly

worn. The organization adds that contact lenses themselves will not give someone COVID-19.


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