CDC now advising public to use facial covering during COVID-19 outbreak
As of April 4, the CDC is recommending all people wear a face covering when out in public, such as at grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. Face coverings can be made of cloth, scarves, or other wardrobe items. This serves as a reminder that the transmission of these viruses is through our faces, through the air or our hands. Keeping our hands away from our mouths, nose, and eyes is of vital importance, even if you are not symptomatic.
In the context of scleral lenses, we remind individuals to remain diligent with their lens cleaning system. Furthermore, we know that many scleral lens wearers experience itching, which can lead to involuntary eye rubbing. There are several over-the-counter and prescription medications available for eye allergies, and we encourage you to discuss the best option with your eyecare provider. A few reminders if using eyedrops for itchy eyes:
- When using medicated drops with scleral lenses, we recommend applying the drops without the lenses on the eye.
- If lenses are being applied after the drops are applied, patients should wait at least 10 minutes to apply their lenses.
- Patients are always encouraged to seek specific advice and recommendations from a local scleral lens specialist.