Choose Daily Disposable Contact Lenses for Better Hygiene
by Optoplus / June 2020
There is a lot of information out there about wearing contact lenses and glasses during the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is not fully clear what to believe since the situation is uncommon and changing daily. You have probably asked yourself, “Should I stop wearing contact lenses during the pandemic and wear my glasses instead ?” Learning to live with the new reality and changing your habits can make you dizzy!
Weather you chose to wear contact lenses or glasses, the most important thing is to follow strict hygiene practices. Let us take a closer look at the best hygiene practices and secrets of a trusted product that can help you through the pandemic and once it’s over. Now is the perfect time to start good habits for years to come!
Always Keep Your Hands Clean
Enhanced hygiene measures must be followed closely. The virus can not only enter your body through the nose and mouth but also through the eyes. Obviously, thorough hand washing with soap and water is the first essential step. It is also important to clean under the nails. You should then dry your hands with a clean, single-use cloth. It is imperative to wash your hands before putting on your contact lenses, but also before removing them.
Contact Lenses: Safe Use
Wearing contact lenses is generally considered safe. However, specialists have raised two concerns which can be worrying especially during the pandemic: reusing the same cleaning solution several days in a row (it can become contaminated) and wearing reusable contact lenses for longer than prescribed. This would not only increase eye complications, but also increase the risk of transmitting any type of virus.
In any case, there are many solutions. The ideal hygienic solution is to choose daily disposable contact lenses (single use) since they are thrown away after each use, even if they have only been worn for a few hours. If you only have reusable contact lenses and cannot change them right now, be sure to wash your hands and rub them well with the appropriate solution. You can purchase cleaning solutions from your clinic if you suspect yours may be contaminated or has expired. To increase comfort, it is highly suggested to put on your contact lenses after showering and before applying your makeup!
Should I Wash My Glasses ?
Increased hygiene measures are essential for contact lens use, but they are also essential for your glasses. Unconsciously, we touch our glasses several times a day, whether to push them up on our noses, to put them on or to remove them. We know that the coronavirus can remain on plastic, glass or metal surfaces for hours or even days. Take the time and care to properly disinfect your glasses. It’s never too late to start good habits !
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses ? Try Our Trusted Brand
Mediflex is our private label which is available in all OPTOPLUS clinics.
Made of silicone hydrogel — a material that ensures 100% corneal oxygen consumption1 and overall performance of the lenses — it provides you with increased comfort and better eye health. It also has a high-water content and even has a UV blocker that supports ocular health*
Elite and Supreme lenses are two options of 1-day contact lenses that adapt well to each prescription:
Hyperopia (farsightedness) or Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Mediflex Elite 1-day spherical
- Mediflex Supreme 1-day aspheric
Astigmatism (distorted vision at any distance)
- Mediflex Elite 1-day toric
- Mediflex Supreme 1-day toric
Presbyopia (blurred near vision, caused by the aging of the eye)
- Mediflex Elite 1-day multifocal
*Warning: UV-absorbing contact lenses are not substituting for protective UV-absorbing eyewear, such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses, because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. Patients should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed.
Mediflex Elite soft contact lenses are designed to ensure comfort throughout the day. Made of silicone hydrogel material, they provide the oxygen1 required to your eyes to help maintain good eye health. These lenses also have a high-water content ensuring comfort throughout the day.
Try them and you will love them !
Mediflex Supreme soft contact lenses are also made of silicone hydrogel and have many of the same advantages as the Mediflex Elite. Their exceptional flexibility and comfort make them easy to handle2 and for those with astigmatism, they are designed to offer excellent stability and good visual acuity !
Wearing contact lenses is not impossible during a pandemic. However, you need to review your habits and make wise choices to ensure good health. Talk to your nearest OPTOPLUS eyecare professional if you would like to try our range of Mediflex contact lenses. If you are a current patient, you can order your contact lens refills online, from the comfort of your home. Also, until July 31, 2020, OPTOPLUS clinics are offering free delivery on Mediflex lenses.
How to get Mediflex 1-day lenses ?
Already an OPTOPLUS clinic patient and wear Mediflex 1-day lenses ? It’s easy, just visit your clinic’s Website to renew your order online !
If you are not yet an OPTOPLUS clinic patient, book an appointment now to become one !
1Brennan NA. Beyond Flux: Total Corneal Oxygen Consumption as an Index of Corneal Oxygenation During Contact Lens Wear. Optom Vis Sci. 2005;82(6): 467-472.
2Results based on 144 participating eye care professionals in a multi-national online survey. 2016
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