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Eye care during the COVID-19 pandemic

As we are recommended to wash our hands and avoid touching our face, what does this mean for people who wear contact lenses?
As we are recommended to wash our hands and avoid touching our face, what does this mean for people who wear contact lenses?(WDTV)
Published: Apr. 17, 2020 at 2:28 PM EDT
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According to the CDC, ways to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 include washing your hands and to avoid touching your face.

But what does this mean for people who use contact lenses? Dr. Erica Mancini, with Morgantown Eye Associates, says wearing your contact lenses does not necessarily put you at higher risk.

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, they were saying there was a higher risk, but honestly if you just wash your hands like everyone is telling us to do anyways, you really should not be at a higher risk," Mancini said.

Mancini says wearing glasses instead of contact lenses could be a better option if you are actually sick but says you might touch your face more wearing glasses than contact lenses.

"When you have your glasses on, think about how many times you might touch your face or touch the glasses when you adjust them or put them up on your head," Mancini said. "When you have your contacts in, you won't be touching your face as much. I feel like people would touch their face more with their glasses."

Mancini says their business is still up and running with one person in the office taking calls and having doctors come in for any eye emergencies. To stay as safe as possible, Mancini says to follow the typical eye care rules.

"Really for people who wear contacts, if you are taking care of your lenses the way you're supposed to, washing your hands and using fresh solution you really shouldn't be at a higher risk," Mancini said.

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