From Baptist Health South Florida
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People are being reminded constantly to avoid touching their face because COVID-19 can enter the body through the mouth, nose and eyes. But what about those who wear contact lenses and regularly insert, adjust and remove lenses?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has urged contact lens wearers to don their glasses more often — or for the foreseeable future — during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Eye specialists say wearing glasses could help protect your eyes from the virus — as will the standard practice of washing your hands thoroughly and regularly.
“Common sense precautions can significantly reduce your risk of getting infected,” says ophthalmologist Sonal Tuli, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “So wash your hands a lot, follow good contact lens hygiene (if you’re still wearing them) and avoid touching or rubbing your nose, mouth and especially your eyes.”
Contact lens users put in and remove their lens twice or more a day, requiring the kind of hand hygiene that is now being urged by infectious disease experts during the coronavirus pandemic. But any slip up in the hand-washing routine among contact lens wearers can lead to infection at a possibly higher rate than non-lens users.
Reports from China and other parts of the world are indicating that about 1 percent to 3 percent of people with COVID-19 also had conjunctivitis, more commonly known as “pink eye.” Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. The condition is rarely serious but can be highly contagious
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