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What Contact Lens Wearers Need to Know During COVID-19

covid-and-contacts-400Currently, there is no recommendation to discontinue contact lens wear as a way to decrease the risk of developing COVID-19. However, proper precautions must be taken to avoid putting yourself at unnecessary risk.
Based on recent research and the advice of the American Optometric Association (AOA), here are four things that contact lenses wearers need to know about wearing and caring for their contact lenses during the current COVID-19 pandemic:

1. Always wash your hands properly before handling your contact lenses - Contact lens wearers touch their face and eyes while inserting and removing contact lenses, which can be unsafe if hands are not properly washed. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, followed by hand drying with unused paper towels. If soap and water is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

2. Disinfect your contact lenses daily - Disinfect your lenses with a contact lens solution appropriate for your lenses and that has been recommended by your eye care provider. Daily disposable lenses are the safest option as they are disposed of every evening after removal.

3. Discontinue contact lens wear if feeling sick - COVID-19 along with other common viruses can cause conjunctivitis. For this reason it is always recommended to discontinue contact lens wear while sick. If you are feeling ill and you think you may have contracted conjunctivitis, call our office to receive a telehealth call with one of our doctors on call.

4. Glasses are not proven to offer protection - Glasses have not been proven to provide protection against COVID-19 transmission. We do, however, recommend that you give your eyes a break from contact lens wear once a week, as contact lenses can exacerbate symptoms of seasonal eye allergies and dry eyes. We also recommend washing your glasses daily with soap and water.

As a courtesy to our patients, we are extending all contact lens prescription expiration dates by 6 months and offering free direct shipping on all contact lens orders of two boxes or more.

If you need to re-order your contact lenses click here.

Additional sources of information for contact lens wearers
1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advice on contact lens wear under “How to Protect Yourself”
2. CDC advice on hand washing
3. World Health Organization advice on hand washing
4. American Optometric Association advice for contact lens wearers during COVID-19

Contact Lens Compatible Makeup

face-2722810_1920-smContact lens wearers are at a higher risk for various ocular complications such as allergies, toxicities and infections. Many factors can contribute to contact lens related complications, including makeup use. Toxins are absorbed very easily by contact lens materials. This increases contact time with the eye and exposure to chemicals that may otherwise be rinsed out or diluted by your tears. Toxins can cause ocular surface issues such as dryness, redness and irritation. Additionally, chemicals coming in contact with the eye are more easily absorbed into the bloodstream and may build up in the body over time.

The following is a list of safe eye makeups that are compatible with contact lens wear and have a very low hazardous risk (1-2) (According to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database).

Mascara: Avoid all waterproof and fiber lash mascaras when wearing contact lenses. Don’t forget to replace mascara every 90 days!
ALMAY - Intense I-color
ILIA - Limitless Lash Mascara
TARTE - Tartiest Lash Paint Mascara, SEA surfer curl

Eyeliner: Never draw liner on the inner lid margin (“water line”) of your eyes. (This clogs up your oil glands!). Eyeliner migration into the eye is a huge causative factor in ocular irritation, dryness and contact lens buildup.
ILIA - Clean Line Gel Eyeliner, Clean Line Liquid Liner
L’OREAL - Infallible Pro Last Pencil
MAYBELLINE - Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
TARTE - Tartiest Double Take Eyeliner

Eye Shadow: Avoid loose powders and glitter shadows, as they can migrate into the eye causing irritation and reducing the stability of your tear film. Apply pressed powders with a damp brush to achieve a cream shadow feel and reduce powder migration.
ILIA - The Necessary Eye Shadow Palette
L’OREAL - Colour Riche Monos
NEUTROGENA - Crease Proof Eye Shadow
TARTE - Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette

Under Eye Concealer: Avoid loose powder concealer. Apply concealer to the lower part of your under eye then blend up avoiding the lash line (not the other way around). Concealer migration into the eyes is a huge culprit in makeup related eye irritation because it destabilizes the tear film.
ALMAY -Wake Up Under Eye
ILIA - True Skin Serum Concealer
NYX - Above & Beyond , Dark Circle Concealer
MAYBELLINE - New York Superstay Better Skin Concealer +Corrector
TARTE - SEA aquaconcealer, SEA hydrocealer, Color your world correcting pallete

Eye Makeup Remover: To help avoid eye infections that can lead to corneal scarring and vision loss, clean off eye makeup completely every night. Always remove contact lenses before makeup removal.
ALMAY - Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads or Liquid
AVEDA - Pure Comfort Eye Makeup Remover
BURT’S BEES - Micellar Cleansing Water, Eye Makeup Remover Pads
CERAVE - Hydrating Micellar Water
CLINIQUE - Extremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
GARNIER - Micellar Cleansing Water
L’OREAL - Micellar Cleansing Water

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How to Recycle Your Contact Lenses

What is the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program?

The Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program allows used contact lenses and packaging to be recycled properly, with the goal of reducing landfill waste associated with contact lenses. It is the first sponsored contact lens recycling program from Bausch + Lomb and TerraCycle, a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste.

The program was inspired by the green efforts of the Bausch + Lomb daily disposable manufacturing facility in Waterford, Ireland. In recent years, the facility has made strides in developing a more sustainable approach to reducing waste.

In the United States, Bausch + Lomb continues to dedicate efforts to reducing waste and energy consumption, with the establishment of over 60 recycling streams, and the installation of a solar array at the facility in Rochester, NY.

Why can’t I recycle my contact lenses with my other plastic/recyclable items?

Due to the size of contact lenses and their packaging, these materials get filtered out at recycling facilities and directed to the waste stream, contributing to landfills across the United States.

What can I send in through this recycling program?

You can recycle waste associated with contact lenses, including:

  • Contact lenses
  • Top foil
  • Opened plastic blister packs

Please note: Bausch + Lomb contact lens cardboard boxes are recyclable through regular municipal recycling. Please do not include them in your shipments through this program.

Can I only recycle Bausch + Lomb contact lens brands?

You may collect any brand of contact lens waste for this recycling program.

Do I need to clean the contact lens waste before I send it in?

No, you do not need to clean the waste before sending it to TerraCycle. However, please remove as much of the liquid from blister packs as possible before shipping.

How do I ship the waste to TerraCycle?

You may drop off your waste at your eye doctor’s office or print a free shipping label at After placing your waste in a sealed cardboard box, you can drop it off at a UPS location or schedule a pickup to ship from home.

Does my shipment have to weigh a certain amount before I can send it in?

No, your shipment can be any size. But we recommend saving up a year’s worth of recycled contact lenses before shipping them to us.

What happens to the contact lens waste?

Once received, the contact lenses and blister packs are separated and cleaned. The metal layers of the blister packs are recycled separately, while the contact lenses and plastic blister pack components are melted into plastic that can be remolded to make recycled products.

Why should I participate?

Participating in the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program benefits our environment by reducing the amount of waste deposited to landfills across the country.
As a thank you for your dedication, a $1 donation will be made to Optometry Giving Sight for every pound of accepted packaging sent through this program.


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