The COVID-19 crisis has completely flipped our world upside down. Many of use are stuck at home. Simple tasks such as grocery shopping now involve social distancing and wearing masks. Simple necessities like toilet paper and hand sanitizer seem rarer than gold. As if these challenges were not enough, one more challenge emerges: "What do I do about my eye health, glasses and contact lenses?"
Here are some tips to help you see your best during the pandemic:
The most common concern patients have brought to our attention is how to deal with fogged
glasses while wearing a face mask. Here are a few remedies:
- Purchase/utilize a No-Fog Cloth online or from a local ski shop
- Use anti-fog spray - can be purchased online
- Place a piece of medical tap or Scotch tape along the top of mask on the nose bridge
- Use a light amount of baby shampoo on lenses - baby shampoo is pH neutral and should not damage any lens coatings
- Attach a personal fan onto your forehead facing down towards glasses (extra style points if you take this route)
As for cleaning your glasses, do what you normally do. Our office's technique involves three steps:
- Rinse under cold running water
- Spray lenses using our office-provided lens cleaner
- Wipe clean and dry with a microfiber cloth
Need some glasses cleaner? Give us a call and we'll have some ready for you for curbside pickup.
While certain media outlets have recommended not wearing contact lenses during the pandemic, we don't think this is necessary. However, we do believe taking care of your contacts and practicing exceptional contact lens hygiene are key during this time:
- Always wash your hands with water and soap before putting on or taking off your contacts
- If you are using a contact lens other than a daily lens, make sure to thoroughly clean your lenses with solution and replace storage solution each time you store your lenses. Also, if possible, use a hydrogen peroxide solution like Clear Care, for the deepest clean possible.
- Be cognizant of touching your eyes, especially in outdoor settings.
While routine eye care has currently been suspended due to the Shelter in Place act, emergency eye exams may still be conducted either in office or through our remote Telehealth program. Eye emergencies include:
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sudden onset of flashes, floaters or other visual disturbances
- Red eye, pink eye, eye irritation/pain/itching
- Contact lens emergencies
- Glasses breakages
- Eye injuries, including injuries from face masks
If you believe you are experiencing an eye emergency, please contact our office immediately. We will be happy to provide you emergency care either in office or through our Telehealth portal. We are taking special precautions and strictly adhering to all CDC/government guidelines in order to ensure your safety during your visit.
Please do not hesitate to contact us: (650) 948-3700.
-Dr. Aaron Neufeld
Dr. Aaron Neufeld is the Chief Optometrist at Los Altos Optometric Group and primary author and editor of The EYE Digest.
To contact him with questions or make an appointment call: (650) 948-3700 or send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org