Dear Family of Patients,
We are thrilled to bring you the most comfortable, clear, and convenient ways to enjoy your vision. Contact lenses often a wonderful additive to your quality of life. The bad news is, nationwide, 65% of new contact lens wearers drop out within the first twelve months of using the medical device.
Fort Collins Family Eye Care takes a preventative approach; protecting your outcomes as a contact lens wearer. As members of our family, you know that the ocular surface and the levels of moisture on the front of your eyes are the leading determinants as to whether you have an optimized, long-term successful visual experience with contact lenses or not. Whether it’s your first time learning about contact lens options, or you are seasoned user, your team of eye care providers at Fort Collins Family Eye Care is working behind the scenes to prepare you and minimize the eye health risks.
Currently there is no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring COVID-19 than eyeglass wearers.
The CDC issued guidance from the Contact Lens Institute regarding contact lens wear and care that echoed the sentiments from Walsh and her co-authors.
The facts are:
Specifically, the agency stated that contact lens use is safe for healthy individuals, that there is no evidence to suggest an increased risk for COVID-19 compared with wearing glasses, and that contact lens wearers should maintain standard lens wear and care hygiene habits.
“In the weeks since COVID-19 emerged, many have wondered if it’s okay to wear contact lenses,” Rick Weisbarth, OD, FAAO, board chairman of the Contact Lens Institute, said in a press release. “In a time when there is considerable misinformation and rumor, the CDC has now provided clear, straightforward guidance as to how contact lens wearers can continue to wear their lenses safely, including following proper lens hygiene habits.”
Fort Collins Family Eye Care will keep you updated as we advocate and review new data for you and your family. Contact us, pun intended, if you would like to improve, safeguard, and even add this opportunity for improved quality of life to your world.
Steadfast in Prevention,
Dr. Jaclyn Munson
Reference: Jones L, et al. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 2020; doi:10.1016/j.clae.2020.03.012.