Will contact lenses spread novel Coronavirus?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has recommended that to reduce the likelihood of contracting a coronavirus, people with myopia should forgo contact lenses in favor of eyeglasses.Novel Coronavirus was found in tears and conjunctival secretion published by the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University.Since coVID-19 is transmitted through the eyes, can contact lenses be safely worn?
In fact, contact lenses are not the carrier to spread virus through novel Coronavirus. However, from the point of view that the finger will touch the eye during the process of removing the virus, it is still possible to spread virus through the finger. In particular, it is very easy to bring the virus into the eye if you wear it in an improper way.Novel Coronavirus may live on the surface of an object for a period of time. If the hand touches the object and gets infected with the virus, it will be removed blindly without washing it. It is also possible to have eye infection or even whole body infection.
Therefore, if the crowd is not dense and the air circulation is good in the area, or you can wear contact lenses, but pay attention to the wearing process do not touch or rub your eyes, and appropriately reduce the wearing time, to avoid damage to the corneal epithelium, the virus enters.In transportation hubs, hospitals and other places where people are very crowded, try wearing glasses instead.
In fact, whether or not during the virus epidemic, use contact lenses should pay attention to local hygiene.Rub and rinse your lenses with a special contact lens solution, and make sure to change your contact lens case at least every three months.Before taking the lenses, hands must be cleaned, and a clean towel should be used to dry the lenses, avoiding contact with water, and the lenses should not be soaked in water, normal saline or other liquids.