COVID-19 Resources

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. Regular COVID-19 Updates will also be sent directly to members.

Access archived COVID-19 Updates

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:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

The Lancet:
https://www.thelancet.com/coronavirus

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
http://www.chinacdc.cn/en/COVID19/

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CDC Information for Healthcare Professionals:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, Coronavirus Resource Center
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/

NHS England Guidance for Clinicians and NHS Managers: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

Our World in Data – The COVID-19 Pandemic Slide Deck
https://ourworldindata.org

Useful Links – Contact Lenses

CDC Guidance for Contact Lens Wearers:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#How-to-Protect-Yourself

American Academy of Optometry:
https://www.aaopt.org/my-covid-hub

American Optometric Association:
https://www.aoa.org/coronavirus

American Academy of Ophthalmology:
https://www.aao.org/headline/alert-important-coronavirus-context

References

Cho P and Boost M. COVID-19: an eye on the virus. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020 May 31. DOI: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.05.011. [Epub ahead of print].

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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 May 13. The ocular surface, coronaviruses and COVID-19. DOI: 10.1111/cxo.13088. [Epub ahead of print].

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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
https://core.uwaterloo.ca/covid-19/

  • Five facts contact lens and glasses wearers need to know and infographic in 20 languages
  • Press release on Jones et al paper in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye
  • Contact Lens Update COVID-19 Special Edition
  • Guide for Contact Lens Wearers infographic
  • Useful links for contact lens wearers and eye care practitioners

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
https://www.clspectrum.com/videos/contact-lenses-covid-19-behind-the-science?eid=324760153&bid=2625228

Optician Online

Optician (and Contact Lens Spectrum) summarize the Contact Lens & Anterior Eye paper by Jones et al
https://www.opticianonline.net/news/key-considerations-for-contact-lens-practitioners-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Contact Lens Institute

The CDC message about safe contact lens wear and coronavirus disease https://www.contactlensinstitute.org/covid-19/

Euromcontact

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)
https://euromcontact.org/2020/03/19/contact-lens-practice-and-covid-19-material-for-eye-care-professionals-in-case-they-need-to-fit-contact-lenses-in-context-of-covid-19/

American Academy of Optometry

COVID-19 Hub
https://www.aaopt.org/my-covid-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

Contact lens wear and coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for eye care practitioners and consumers
https://www.bcla.org.uk/Public/Consumer/COVID-19–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)
https://www.bcla.org.uk/Public/News/Press_Release/New-BCLA-webinar-to-examine-what-lockdown-means-for-your-practice.aspx

Cornea & Contact Lens Society of Australia

Position Statement: Contact lens Wear & COVID-19
https://www.cclsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CCLSA_Position_Statement_07042020V8_v2.pdf

Managing COVID-19 webinar
https://web.cvent.com/event/600e016c-86f8-44dc-b6d7-8630b9dd08cc/summary

College of Optometrists

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Guidance for optometrists
https://www.college-optometrists.org/the-college/media-hub/news-listing/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-optometrists.html

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