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Our Response to COVID-19

Johnson & Johnson Vision has been carefully monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Aligned with the Johnson & Johnson Credo, our top priorities are the patients, customers, employees, and communities who are counting on us and using our products.

We support the guidance provided by public health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding touching the face and eyes. Consumers should always reach out to their eye care professionals with any questions regarding their eye care. Consumers should always carefully follow product instruction guides, thoroughly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds prior to any contact with their eyes (for example, during insertion and removal of contact lenses and eye drops), and when using eye drops, must avoid contact between the dropper tip and the eyelids.1

Due to increased purchases nationwide, Blink® products may be out of stock in your local store. We are prioritizing the continued production of our products to help maintain supply, all while ensuring the highest level of quality and safety. Click HERE to learn where you can buy our products both in-store and online.

Do you have more questions about Blink® products during this time? Check out the frequently asked questions below:

Do your products kill the COVID-19 virus?

No. Blink® products have not been tested against any strains of coronavirus and are not intended to prevent or treat COVID-19. Consumers should follow the preventive measures issued by the World Health Organization including washing hands frequently, maintaining social distance and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Is there any correlation between using eye drops and COVID-19?

We support the guidance provided by public health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding touching the face and eyes. Consumers should always carefully follow product instruction guides, thoroughly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds prior to any contact with their eyes (for example, during insertion and removal of contact lenses and eye drops), and when using eye drops, must avoid contact between the dropper tip and the eyelids.1 Consumers should always reach out to their eye care professionals with any questions regarding their eye care.

Is there any correlation between wearing contact lenses and COVID-19?

No, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there is no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring COVID-19 than eyeglass wearers.2 People who are healthy can continue to wear and care for their contact lenses as prescribed  by their eye care professional. However, contact lens wearers with an active COVID-19 infection should not wear contact lenses. They should revert to wearing glasses/spectacles. Detailed instructions can be found on ACUVUE®’s cleaning & care site and insertion & removal site.

Is it safer to wear glasses than contact lenses?

According the CDC, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.2 Contact lenses can be worn safely while preventing potential contamination by following proper contact lens care instructions as prescribed by the eye care professionals, which include thoroughly washing, cleaning, and drying your hands prior to handling contact lenses.2  Detailed instructions can be found here.

I am having trouble finding Blink® products at my local store. When will they be back in stock?

Due to increased purchases nationwide, Blink® products may be out of stock in your local store. We are prioritizing the continued production of our products to help maintain supply, all while ensuring the highest level of quality and safety. Click HERE to learn where you can buy our products both in-store and online.

What is Johnson & Johnson Vision doing to help support the coronavirus relief efforts?

Over 1,300 packs of ACUVUE® Contact Lenses have been donated to medical workers in Wuhan, China. To help physicians and nurses in Wuhan see under their required protective goggles, which can be challenging while also wearing glasses, the ACUVUE® team in China moved quickly to provide packs of disposable prescription contact lenses.

The broader Johnson & Johnson family of companies has contributed in many more ways to the relief efforts including the donation of 1 million surgical masks, 1 million Renminbi to the Chinese Red Cross, and 48,000 bottles of BAND-AID® brand isopropyl alcohol. In addition, our company scientists are hard at work on a potential vaccine to help halt the spread of the coronavirus.

On March 27, 2020 Johnson & Johnson announced a $50 million commitment to support frontline health workers battling COVID-19. The funds will be earmarked for assisting the doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers who are working tirelessly to treat patients around the world during the novel coronavirus pandemic. This is in addition to Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to donate $250 million over 10 years toward inspiring, recruiting, training, retaining and mobilizing frontline health workers through its Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation.

Important Safety Information: ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional and ask for a Patient Instruction Guide, call 1-800-843-2020 or visit Acuvue.com.

Blink® Tears and Blink GelTears® Drops are for the temporary relief of burning, irritation and discomfort due to dryness of the eye or exposure to wind or sun, and may be used as a protectant against further irritation. Patients should stop use if they experience eye pain, changes in vision, continued redness or irritation of the eye, or if the condition worsens or persists for more than 72 hours.

Use Blink Contacts® Drops and Blink-N-Clean® Drops to lubricate and rewet soft and gas permeable contact lenses, to help relieve dryness and irritation that may be associated with lens wear and to cushion lenses by placing a drop on the eye prior to the application on the eye. If you are allergic to any ingredients in Blink Contacts® Drops or Blink-N-Clean® Drops, do not use this product.

 

1. Lyndon Jones, et al., Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clae.2020.03.012
2. https://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/index.html
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