Wearing Glasses Instead of Contacts Can Help You Avoid Getting Sick From Coronavirus
It's time to give your eyes a break from contacts.
It's time to give your eyes a break from contacts. Experts say switching to glasses can reduce your risk of spreading or contracting coronavirus. It's time to look into wearing glasses instead of contacts.
People who wear contacts touch their eyes more often and could accidentally infect themselves with the virus, according to a statement by The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Here's Why You Should Start Thinking About Wearing Glasses Instead Of Contacts
Coronavirus is mainly passed from person-to-person, meaning you would typically inhale droplets from a sick person's cough or sneeze through your nose or mouth. However, these droplets can get in your eye, according to AAO. COVID-19, the disease caused by a coronavirus, can be contracted from touching a contaminated object and then touching your eye.
"Substituting glasses for lenses can decrease irritation and force you to pause before touching your eye, says ophthalmologist Sonal Tuli, M.D. in the statement.
Experts suggest switching to contacts even if you have somehow managed to keep your hands away from your face.
That's because glasses shield your eyes from infected respiratory droplets. Be warned, they don't offer 100 per cent protection, so you'll still want to maintain social distancing.
Carolyn Duong, OD and optometrist at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute offers a word of warning if you do switch to glasses.
"A study recently showed that the virus could live up to three days on plastic and stainless steel; which are likely the same materials that some glasses are made of. Therefore, if you are opting to wear glasses, please clean them," she tells Men's Health.
If you hate glasses or don't have a pair; Duong says the risk of developing COVID-19 through your eyes is fairly low; just wash your hands thoroughly before inserting and removing lenses, she says.
Author: Melissa Matthews Source: Men's health
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