My COVID-Hub

Welcome to the Academy's COVID-Hub – your source for the latest news and updates on the coronavirus. The Academy is closely monitoring this pandemic to ensure we bring the latest information on optometric care, safety for practitioners and the general public as well as updates from our Industry Partners. Scroll to access the resources and information provided by the Academy. 

COVID-19 Video Series

The COVID-19 Task Force has worked to assemble a video series covering a myriad of the latest and most up-to-date information relating to COVID-19 and eye care.

Week 2 Video Session

 Date Time Session               Speaker Register 
Tuesday, May 12 7:00 - 8:30 PM COVID-19: The Science and Relevance to the Eye Suzanne Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO
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This presentation will consider multiple questions, some with uncertain answers: How is this worse than the flu? When will this be over? Will a vaccine solve this? What types of approaches are being considered for treatment? Why is research so slow? Can the virus infect ocular surface cells and/or use the ocular surface as a portal of entry into the airways? What are the considerations around contact lens and spectacle wear? (Recorded 5/1/20)

Previously Recorded Sessions Speakers   Register
COVID-2: COVID-19 Clinical Update Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO &
Joe Shovlin, OD, FAAO
Watch On Demand
Opening Up The Office & 

Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Tim McMahon, OD, FAAO &
Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO
Watch On Demand

COVID-19 Podcasts

View a recent podcast discussing PPE, featuring: 

  • Joseph Shovlin, OD, FAAO
  • Alissa Coyne, OD, FAAO
  • Jeff Krohn, OD, FAAO
  • Glenda Secor, OD, FAAO


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Joe PPE

Follow Evidence-Based Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Glasses & Contact Lenses Care and Usage

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Evidence-guided recommendations are important at all times, but especially during a crisis. Speculative guidelines are not beneficial and can even be harmful. We provide current evidence-based information for patients who wear vision correction, and we provide updates as necessary.

Glasses

  • There is no evidence that glasses protect you from COVID-19 infection
  • Standard eyeglasses are NOT approved for use as personal protective equipment (PPE) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • COVID-19 can remain on hard surfaces for hours to days, and can then be transferred to the fingers and face
  • Wash your eyeglasses regularly
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and dry with a clean paper towel prior to handling your eyeglasses

Contact Lenses

  • There is no evidence that contact lenses put you at greater risk of COVID-19 infection
  • Do not wear contact lenses if you are sick
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and dry with a clean paper towel prior to handling your lenses
  • Dispose of your daily disposable contact lenses after each use or clean and disinfect your reusable lenses and your lens case according to eye care professional’s recommendations
  • Do not sleep in your contact lenses
  • If your eyes become red, remove your contact lenses
  • If your eyes become painful, redness increases, or vision gets worse, call your eye care practitioner

Read about special precautions to prevent COVID-19 for contact lens wearers in the How to Protect Yourself section of the CDC website.

Information for Optometric Practitioners

Download resources to help you, your practice and your patients during this unprecedented time. 

General Resources


Informational Links: 

The American Optometric Association offers support and guidance for practitioners during the pandemic. 

The Infectious Diseases Society of America provides guidelines on prevention of COVID-19 infection.

Resources for Low Vision Patients

Low vision patients live in a tactile world, which presents particular challenges during a pandemic. Doctors may learn more:


Research Summaries

Information for the General Public

Here are resources to help you maintain eye health until it is safe to resume visiting your optometrist for routine eye care as well as tips and information on preventing the spread of the coronavirus. 

Digital Resources

CDC - How to protect yourself and others

Resources for Low Vision Patients

Low vision patients live in a tactile world, which presents particular challenges during a pandemic. Patients may learn more:

Downloadable Resources

Pink eye is associated with approximately 1 to 5% of COVID cases, but not all pink eye indicates COVID-19 infection. Pink eye can be related to allergies, other viruses, bacteria, and dry eye, among many other causes. During the pandemic, call your doctor if you have pink eye to determine the probable cause. 

Updates from the Academy

COVID-19 Task Force

Jeffrey Walline
Kathryn Richdale
Jeffrey Weaver
Bisant Labib
Walt Whitley
Cristina Schnider