When Pandemic Is Safe, Glasses or Contact Lenses?


People who experience refractive disorders need the help of glasses or contact lenses in order to see clearly. In the midst of the Pandemic Covid-19 pandemic, the use of sunglasses is considered to be a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission than contact lenses.

As is known, Covid-19 can be transmitted through the eye. Therefore, one suggestion to prevent Covid-19 transmission is not to touch the face and eye area with your hands.

On the other hand, contact lens users tend to touch their eyes more often when installing or removing contact lenses. Some studies also reveal that the virus that causes Covid-19 can be transmitted through contact lenses to the surface of the eye.

“Replacing contact lenses with glasses can reduce irritation and make you stop before the hand touches the eye,” explained Dr. Sonal Deaf from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), as reported by CNA Lifestyle .

Eyewear users are also expected to not forget to always maintain the cleanliness of the eyeglasses used. One of them is wiping the lens of the glasses with a lint-free cloth to remove dust and oil that pollutes the lens.

In addition, experts from the Singapore National Eye Center Dr. Daniel Ting also recommend that the glasses be cleaned with a disinfectant that contains at least 70 percent alcohol or bleach thawed.

“Alternatively, you can use disinfectant wipes or professional disinfectant spray sold commercially,” said Ting.

But contact lens users do not have to rush to change their contact lenses with glasses when conditions do not allow. For contact lens users, there is no need to clean contact lenses with disinfectant solutions.

One effort that needs to be done by contact lens users is to maintain contact lens cleanliness as usual. In addition, contact lens users must also wash their hands with soap and water before or after using contact lenses.

“Changing the contact lens storage area regularly, or using disposable contact lenses is a better option,” said Ting.

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