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.
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:
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC Information for Healthcare Professionals:
Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, Coronavirus Resource Center
NHS England Guidance for Clinicians and NHS Managers: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/
Our World in Data – The COVID-19 Pandemic Slide Deck
Useful Links – Contact Lenses
CDC Guidance for Contact Lens Wearers:
American Academy of Optometry:
American Optometric Association:
American Academy of Ophthalmology:
Lupelli L. Evidence-based Contact Lenses Practice in Times of Sars-CoV-2 Pandemic. Rivista Italiana di Optometria Online. Published June 8th, 2020.
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].
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].
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].
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.
Zeri F and Naroo SA. Contact lens practice in the time of COVID-19. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;43:3 193-195.
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.
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.
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.
Morgan PB. Contact lens wear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;43:3 213.
Orsborn G. The importance of information about contact lens wear during pandemic. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2020;43:3 214-215.
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.
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.
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.
Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)
COVID-19 and contact lenses: the facts you need to know
- 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
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 https://www.contactlensinstitute.org/covid-19/
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
- 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
BCLA webinar: Contact lens practice in the time of COVID-19 by Dr Shehzad Naroo and Dr Fabrizio Zeri (19 May)
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
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.
Other Useful Links
Using enlarged breath shields as part of infection control measures implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full text here