American Academy of Ophthalmology: Do Not Wear Contact Lenses During New Crown Epidemic

- Mar 27, 2020-

"Myopia" who often wear contact lenses pay attention!

According to Fox News, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that during the new crown pneumonia epidemic, people with shortsightedness should "abandon" contact lenses and wear more frame glasses to reduce the urge to touch the eyes and the possibility of infection with the new crown virus Sex.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology points out that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that transmission through the eyes is not the main mode of transmission of the new crown virus, it still needs attention.
When people with new coronary pneumonia cough or talk, virus particles spray from their mouth or nose and onto another person's face. These virus particles can enter the body not only through people's mouth or nose, but also through the eyes. On the other hand, people's hands rubbing their eyes after touching items with the new coronavirus are also prone to infection.
In addition, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has warned that in rare cases, the new crown virus may cause conjunctivitis. At this time, the new crown virus may be transmitted through contact with liquids or objects carrying liquids in the eyes of infected persons.
People who wear contact lenses prefer to touch the eyes more than those who wear frame or no glasses. Therefore, changing the usual habit of wearing contact lenses may help to avoid getting new crown virus through the eyes.
American Academy of Ophthalmology spokesman Dr. Sonal Tuli suggested that if you frequently rub your eyes while wearing contact lenses, consider wearing more frame glasses. This reduces eye irritation and forces you to stop before touching your eyes.
Others have suggested that wearing spectacles can help protect you from infected respiratory droplets. But the American Ophthalmology Association warns that wearing frame glasses is not a guarantee of foolproofness, and goggles are a better defense if you are looking after a patient with new coronary pneumonia.
For those who cannot change their frame glasses, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has given 13 hygiene tips for using contact lenses to minimize the risk of infection.
1. Before taking contact lenses, wash your hands with soap and water and dry your hands with a lint-free towel. 2. Minimize contact with water. Remove lenses before showering, swimming, or entering the hot tub. 3. Do not rinse contact lenses with water (tap water or sterile water), and do not store them in water (tap water or sterile water). 4. Don't put contact lenses in your mouth and get wet. 5. Do not use normal saline and rewetting drops to disinfect lenses. Neither liquid is an effective or approved disinfectant. 6. Wear and replace contact lenses according to the schedule of an eye care specialist. 7. Use the "friction and rinse" method to clean your contact lenses. Rub contact lenses with your fingers and rinse with solution before soaking. Use this method even if the solution you are using is "friction-free". 8. Rinse the contact lens case with fresh solution (not water) and leave the case open to dry. 9. Keep the contact lens case clean and replace it regularly, at least every three months. Contact lens cases can be a source of contamination and infection. Do not use cracked or damaged contact lens cases. 10. Do not reuse the old solution, and do not fill the contact lens case with the solution. 11. Do not transfer the contact lens solution into smaller travel containers. 12. Do not let the top of the solution bottle touch any surface. When not in use, keep the bottle tightly closed. 13. After storage for 30 days or more, do not wear the contact lens again without disinfection.