To Help with the Spread of COVID-19, Those Who Wear Contacts Should Switch Back to Glasses
If you currently wear contact lens, you may wanna think about switching to glasses during this COVID-19 pandemic.
This may help lessen the urge to touch your eyes according to the statement released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
The CDC has said the spread of this virus is mainly through respiratory droplets, i.e cough, sneeze, or touching something that has been contaminated and then touching your face, but it can also be spread through the eyes.
When a sick person coughs or talks, virus particles can spray from their mouth or nose into another person’s face,” according to the AAO. “You’re most likely to inhale these droplets through your mouth or nose, but they can also enter through your eyes. You can also become infected by touching something that has the virus on it – like a table or doorknob – and then touching your eyes.”
So if you tend to be like that kid in Dazed and Confused who's ALWAYS touching his face, you might want to switch back to your glasses until this is all over.
It is said that glasses can act as an additional layer of protection against respiratory droplets from someone that is infected.
If you're unable to go back to glasses, you can follow other tips like washing your hands before handling your contacts and trying to cut back on your contact with water from the shower or swimming.
And remember to not let your contact lens solution nozzle touch any surfaces. Plus keep following your doctor's instructions for wearing and disposing of your lens.