In regards to contact lens wear, there is currently no evidence that contact lens wear poses a particular risk of infection with coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, there is currently no clinical evidence that suggests contact lens wearers are more susceptible to coronavirus infection than eyeglass wearers or people who require no vision correction at all, as has been the subject of some news reports. Therefore, patients should continue to follow the wear and care recommendations from their eye care professional while wearing contact lenses.
Thorough handwashing and proper contact lens hygiene is and always has been the BEST defense to prevent the transmission of any infectious organisms when wearing contact lenses. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state one of the best ways to protect against COVID-19 is to clean your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.1 In addition, as has always been the guidance, people should not wear contact lenses if they feel ill with cold or flu-like symptoms.