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Can Wearing Contact Lenses Increase Your Risk of COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus can enter your body through your eyes, in addition to your nose and mouth.

When someone who has SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) sneezes, coughs, or even talks, they spread droplets that contain the virus. You’re most likely to breathe in those droplets, but the virus can also enter your body through your eyes.

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Another way you can contract the virus is if the virus lands on your hand or fingers, and you then touch your nose, mouth, or eyes. However, this is less common.

There are still many questions about what can and can’t increase your risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2. One question is whether it’s safe to wear contact lenses, or if this can increase your risk.

In this article, we’ll help answer this question and share advice on how to safely care for your eyes during the coronavirus pandemic.

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What does the research say?

There’s currently no evidence to prove that wearing contact lenses increases your risk of contracting the new coronavirus.

There is some evidence that you can get COVID-19 by touching a surface contaminated with SARS-CoV-2, and then touching your eyes without washing your hands.

If you wear contact lenses, you touch your eyes more than people who don’t wear them. This could raise your risk. But contaminated surfaces aren’t the main way SARS-CoV-2 spreads. And washing your hands thoroughly, especially after touching surfaces, can help keep you safe.

In addition, a hydrogen peroxide contact lens cleaning and disinfecting system can kill the new coronavirus. There hasn’t been enough research done yet to know if other cleaning solutions have the same effect.

There’s also no evidence that wearing regular eyeglasses protects you against contracting SARS-CoV-2.

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