The COVID-19 pandemic has upended daily life for nearly everyone. From stay-at-home orders to overall concerns about becoming infected with the novel coronavirus, these are challenging times for all of us. As a contact lens wearer, you may wonder whether it’s safe for you to continue using this type of corrective eyewear.
Overview of the 3×3 Plan for the Safe Wearing of Contact Lenses
At the present time, there is a great deal that we still need to learn about COVID-19 or the coronavirus. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation surrounding the virus, including in regard to the wearing of contact lenses. The bottom line is that you safely can continue to wear your contact lenses if you follow what we call the 3×3 plan.
The 3×3 plan involves a consideration of three primary factors when you put your contact lenses into your eyes. In addition, the plan sets forth a trio of steps you need to take to ensure the lenses you use are in prime condition.
3 Considerations when Putting Contact Lenses in Your Eyes
- The first consideration when putting your contact lenses into your eyes is “Are They Comfortable?” There should be no discomfort or irritation at all. If you feel even a minor twinge, you should reconsider wearing your lenses that day. In the era of COVID-19, if you experience even minimal irritation, you may be prone to touch your eye during the day, which may be an avenue for a coronavirus infection.
- Before putting your contact lenses in your eye, make certain that your eyes look healthy. There should be no redness. If there is a trace of redness, avoid wearing your lenses that day.
- Finally, directly after putting your contact lenses into your eyes, make sure you see well. If you experience any unusual blurring, remove the lenses. You might want to try changing them out for another. If the blurriness reoccurs, avoid wearing your lenses that day. If the condition persists, contact an eye doctor.
3 Healthy Eye Practices
- While it’s always been important to thoroughly wash your hands before putting contacts into your eyes or taking them out, it’s crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thoroughly wash your hands any time you will be touching your contact lenses.
- Dispose of daily wear lenses at the end of each day. Don’t try to extend use by wearing them for multiple days. If you have 2-week or monthly lenses, disinfect them precisely according to the instructions of the manufacturer and an eye care professional.
- If you become sick, remove your lenses. Do not resume using them until you are well.
If you are in need of assistance with your contact lenses, including a new prescription, an eye doctor from Matossian Eye Associates is eager to assist you with your eye care needs. You can reach us at (800) 708-8800, or at any other time that is convenient for you.