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:
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