COVID-19 Resources

Useful links , references and other resources on COVID-19 and contact lenses

The effects of the global outbreak of the Coronavirus disease COVID-19 continue to be felt around the world. The following useful links , references and other resources on COVID-19 and contact lenses will keep you up to date with the latest developments.

COVID-19 Update

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Position Statement

Read IACLE’s Position Statement on the COVID-19 pandemic and contact lens use (in English, Spanish and Chinese)

Useful Links – General

World Health Organization:

The Lancet:

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

CDC Information for Healthcare Professionals:

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, Coronavirus Resource Center

NHS England Guidance for Clinicians and NHS Managers:

Our World in Data – The COVID-19 Pandemic Slide Deck

Useful Links – Contact Lenses

CDC Hand hygiene in health care settings

CDC Guidance for Contact Lens Wearers:

American Optometric Association:

American Academy of Ophthalmology:

AAO, AOA, CLMA, GPLI factsheet on ‘In-office disinfection of multi-patient use diagnostic contact lenses’


Nagra M, Allen PA, Norgett Y, Beukes E, Bowen M, Vianya‐Estopa M. The effect of the COVID‐19 pandemic on working practices of UK primary care optometrists. Published on 2 February 2021
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Sehgal S, Shinde L,Madheswaran G, Mukherjee P, Verkicharla P, Easwaran S, Bandamwar K. Impact of COVID-19 on Indian optometrists. A student, educator, and practitioner‘s perspective. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology: April 2021 – Volume 69 – Issue 4 – p 958-963
doi: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_3386_20
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Bakkar MM, Alzghoul EA. Assessment of contact lens wearers’ attitude toward contact lens wear and care during Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: A cross-sectional online survey. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. Published online January 14, 2021.
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Vianya-Estopa M, Garcia-Porta N, Piñero DP, Simo Mannion L, Beukes EW, Wolffsohn JS, Allen PM. Contact lens wear and care in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2020 Nov 11 : 101381.
doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.11.001
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Jackson J, Silvestri G, Stevenson M, Sinton J, Witherow J, McCann R, Moutray T and Cushley L. COVID-19: The regional impact of COVID-19 on the certification of vision impairment in Northern Ireland. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2020 Nov 9. doi: 10.1111/opo.12757. Online ahead of print.
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Zeng W, Wang X, Li J, Yang Y, Qiu X, Song P, Xu J and Wei Y. Association of daily wear of eyeglasses with susceptibility to coronavirus disease 2019 infection. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online September 16, 2020. DOI:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.3906.
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Maragakis LL. Eye protection and the risk of coronavirus disease 2019: does wearing eye protection mitigate risk in public, non-health care settings. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online September 16, 2020. DOI:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.3909.
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Vianya-Estopa M, Wolffsohn JS, Beukes E, Trott M, Smith L, Allen PM. Soft contact lens wearers’ compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cont Lens Anterior Eye published 2020 August 14. DOI:10.1016/j.clae.2020.08.003 [Epub ahead of print].
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García-Ayuso D, Escámez-Torrecilla M, Galindo-Romero C, Valiente-Soriano FJ, Moya-Rodríguez E, Sobrado-Calvo P, Di Pierdomenico J. Influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on contact lens wear in Spain. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020 July 17. DOI: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.07.002 [Epub ahead of print].
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Moshirfar M, West WB, Marx DP. Face mask-associated ocular irritation and dryness. Ophthalmology & Therapy 2020;9:397-400.
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Chatziralli I, Ventura CV, Touhami S, Reynolds R, Nassisi M, Weinberg T, Pakzad-Vaezi K, Anaya D, Mustapha M, Plant A, Yuan M, Lowenstein A. Transforming ophthalmic education into virtual learning during COVID-19 pandemic: a global perspective. Eye 2020 July 10. DOI: 10.1038/s41433-020-1080-0 [Epub ahead of print].
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Lawrenson JG & Buckley RJ. COVID-19 and the eye. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2020; 40:383-388.
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Special issue of Eye on COVID-19 (34:7 July 2020)
Comments, reviews and original articles on the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the eye.
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Rajhans V, Memon U, Patil V, Goyal A. Impact of COVID-19 on academic activities and way forward in Indian Optometry. Journal of Optometry, 2020 June 13
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Lupelli L. Evidence-based Contact Lenses Practice in Times of Sars-CoV-2 Pandemic. Rivista Italiana di Optometria Online. Published June 8th, 2020.
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Vidyut Rajhans, Usman Memon, Vidula Patil, Adity Goyal. Impact of COVID-19 on academic activities and way forward in Indian Optometry. Journal of Optometry 2020; 13-4 216-226.
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Poostchi A, Kuet M-L, Pegg K, Wilde C, Richardson PS, Patel MK. Efficacy of slit amp breath shields. Eye 2020 May 12. DOI: 10.1038/s41433-020-0940-y [Epub ahead of print].
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Cho P and Boost M. COVID-19: an eye on the virus. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020; 43:4 313-314.
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Docherty AB, Harrison EM, Green CA et al on behalf of the ISARIC4C investigators. Features of 20133 UK patients in hospital with covid-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol: prospective observational cohort study. BMJ 2020 May 22; 369:m1985. DOI: 10.1136/ bmj.m1985. [Epub ahead of print].
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Willcox MD, Walsh K, Nichols JJ, Morgan PB and Jones LW. Clin Exp Optom 2020; 103 418-424.
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McMonnies CW. Diagnosis and remediation of blink inefficiency. Cont Lens Anterior Eye, 2020 April 27.
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Sun C-B, Wang Y-Y, Liu G-H and Liu Z. Role of the eye in transmitting human coronavirus: what we know and what we don’t know. Front Public Health 2020 April 24;8:155. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00155.
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Zeri F and Naroo SA. Contact lens practice in the time of COVID-19. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;43:3 193-195.
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Jones L, Walsh K, Willcox M. Morgan P and Nichold J. The COVID-19 pandemic: Important considerations for contact lens practitioners. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;43:3 196-203.
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Nagra M, Vianya-Estopa M and Wolffsohn JS. Could telehealth help eye care practitioners adapt contact lens services during the COVID-19 pandemic? Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;43:3 204-207.
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Pult H. COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey of future use of personal protective equipment in optometric practice. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;43:3 208-210.
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Morgan PB. Contact lens wear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;43:3 213.
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Orsborn G. The importance of information about contact lens wear during pandemic. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;43:3 214-215.
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Hamroush A, Qureshi M and Shah S. Increased risk of ocular injury seen during lockdown due to COVID-19. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;43:3 216.
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Lai THT, Tang EWH, Chau SKY, Fung KSC and Li KKW. Stepping up infection control measures in ophthalmology during the novel coronavirus outbreak: an experience from Hong Kong. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 2020;258:5 1049-1055.
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Fonn D and Jones L. Hand hygiene is linked to microbial keratitis and corneal inflammatory events. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;42:2 132-135.
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Other Resources

Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

COVID-19 and contact lenses: the facts you need to know

Contact Lens Spectrum

COVID-19 & Contact Lenses: Behind the Science, video interviewing the authors of the Jones et al paper in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye

Optician Online

Optician (and Contact Lens Spectrum) summarize the Contact Lens & Anterior Eye paper by Jones et al

Contact Lens Institute

The CDC message about safe contact lens wear and coronavirus disease


Contact Lens Practice and COVID-19: 4 actions for you to minimise transmission and 4 key points for your patients (flashcard in 10 European languages)

American Academy of Optometry

COVID-19 Hub

  • Glasses and contact lenses care and usage
  • Information for practitioners – general resources & research summaries
  • Information for the general public
  • Industry partner updates
  • Checklist on ‘Considerations for a return to patient care’
  • COVID-19 Video Series

British Contact Lens Association

BCLA Guidance Returning to Practice in COVID-19: use of gloves in contact lens practice

Contact lens wear and coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for eye care practitioners and consumers–Coronavirus–Contact-Lens-Care-Guidance/Public/Consumer/Contact-Lens-Wear-and-Coronavirus-guidance.aspx?hkey=a6920621-8aa9-4488-8316-84421baee4c0

BCLA webinar: Contact lens practice in the time of COVID-19 by Dr Shehzad Naroo and Dr Fabrizio Zeri (19 May)

BCLA/Alcon PPE guidance and advice

BCLA #StopTheSteam campaign and infographic

Cornea & Contact Lens Society of Australia

Position Statement: Contact lens Wear & COVID-19

Managing COVID-19 webinar

College of Optometrists

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Guidance for optometrists

Indian Optometric Association (IOA) & Optometry Council of India

Guidelines for Optical Stores & Optometry Practices in India

Reports & Survey Results Reporting on the Impact of COVID-19

IACLE survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education

A survey from Alcon, exploring the impact of COVID-19 on contact lens wear, has highlighted the “resiliency” of the contact lens segment as well as pointing to opportunities for eye care professionals (ECPs) to build patient loyalty and discuss new innovations.

Cardona et al recently conducted a survey-based study in Spain and reported poor compliance, particularly in terms of hand washing and storage case hygiene during lockdown. Hence, practitioners need to provide wearers with precise, detailed, easy-to-follow instructions. Access the study

A recent study published by Wang et al in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests an association between home confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic and a substantial myopic shift for young children aged 6-8.  Read the journal

A new report outlines the challenges currently faced by optometry schools and describes strategies to minimize the risk of virus transmission to ensure safe clinical optometric teaching. Access the article

Other Useful Links

The prevalence of myopia in schoolchildren in China increased by 11.7% (January to June 2020) during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report in Chinese newspaper, The Paper. Read the report (Chinese and English)

Using enlarged breath shields as part of infection control measures implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full text here

The Conversation – Why face masks can make eyes feel dry, and what you can do about it

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