CooperVision has been carefully monitoring the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety of our employees, wearers, customers, partners and communities is our top priority.

There is currently no evidence to suggest that there is any increased risk of infection or contracting coronavirus through contact lens wear. Remember to follow strict hygiene measures, such as thorough handwashing, along with optimal wear and care procedures. These include replacing your lenses as prescribed, case hygiene for reusable lenses and avoiding lens wear if you are unwell (in particular with any cold or flu-like symptoms).

Avoid touching your eyes, especially in high risk environments, and remember to ask yourself these three questions each time you wear your lenses:

•             Do my eyes feel good with my lenses? There should be no discomfort.

•             Do my eyes look good? There should be no redness.

•             Do I see well? There should be no unusual blurring with either eye.

If you have any concerns, remove your contact lenses and consult your eye care professional.

Watch below and listen to Prof. Phil Morgan share his take on COVID-19 and contact lens wear:

Please see additional resources regarding COVID-19 and contact lens wear below.

GOV.UK: Clarification that optical practices are 'medical services' that can remain open

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Contact Lens Tips for You

https://coopervision.co.uk/about-contacts/contact-lens-tips-you

General Optical Council: Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information

https://www.optical.org/en/news_publications/Publications/joint-statement-and-guidance-on-coronavirus-covid19.cfm

College of optometrists: COVID-19 College updates

https://www.college-optometrists.org/the-college/media-hub/news-listing/coronavirus-2019-advice-for-optometrists.html

BCLA Guidance : Contact Lens Wear and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://bcla.org.uk/Public/Consumer/COVID-19--Coronavirus--Contact-Lens-Care-Guidance/Public/Consumer/Contact-Lens-Wear-and-Coronavirus-guidance.aspx

Top Contact Lens Experts Dispel Misinformation Regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19 Protections for Contact Lens Wearers

https://core.uwaterloo.ca/news/top-contact-lens-experts-dispel-misinformation-regarding-coronavirus-covid-19-protections-for-contact-lens-wearers

CORE Advises Contact Lens Wearers on Safe Use Amidst COVID-19 Concerns, Reinforces Proper Hand Hygiene

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/core-advises-contact-lens-wearers-on-safe-use-amidst-covid-19-concerns-reinforces-proper-hand-hygiene-301021849.html

WHO : Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-19)

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : COVID-19 Situation Summary

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html