Medical experts are now claiming that wearing glasses is a much better option, than wearing lenses to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
On average, people tend to touch their faces, at least two to three times a day with their hands. But wearing glasses can help them stop touching their face or at least their eyes, according to experts.
Put your contact lenses back on shelf
Dr Thomas Steinemann, a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, also supports the idea. According to him, people who use contact lenses touch their eyes and face more often than people who don’t wear them.
“You rub your eyes, then rub your face, scratch your face, put your fingers in your mouth, put your fingers in your nose,” he added. “Some people are not very hygienic and may have forgotten to first wash their hands.”
In contrast to using lenses, glasses provide one-level more protection from any coronavirus virus particles floating in the air, Steinemann said. “It is more likely, however, that you would be infected via your mouth and nose than your eye.”
Coronavirus also causes conjunctivitis
Surprisingly, the new coronavirus can cause conjunctivitis. So what is Conjunctivitis? A highly contagious condition also known as pink eye, Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin, transparent layer of tissue that covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid.
Around 1% to 3% of Chinese with COVID-19 happened to have conjunctivitis, alongside. Nevertheless, this imparts us with the conclusion that the virus particles can spread by touching fluid from an infected person’s eyes or from objects that a person has touched which then carry the fluid.
If you develop a pink or red eye condition, there is no need to panic. Any such condition doesn’t mean it’s a sign of Coronavirus, experts insist.
“This is not the time to cut corners. Importantly, wash your hands multitudinously, and use hand sanitizer. Don’t touch your face. Don’t rub your eye. Right? And disinfect your contact lenses, if you keep wearing them at all,” said Dr. Steinemann.
So, will you still wear your contact lenses after reading this!
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