COVID-19: Contact lens wearers urged to switch to glasses due to the pandemic

On March 10, the American Academy of Ophthalmology released safety measures for the eyes, as research suggests that the novel coronavirus may be transmissible through the eyes. People are advised to avoid rubbing their eyes, touching their faces and touching surfaces that may have come in contact with the virus.

Without a doubt, contact lens users touch their eyes when wearing and removing their lens. They also tend to touch their face often than non-contact lens wearers.

“Some people are not very hygienic and may have forgotten to first wash their hands,” said Thomas Steinemann, a clinical spokesman from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, to

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Though expert are still on their grounds that there is no definitive proof that Coronavirus can be acquired through the eye, then wearing glasses is considered a preventive measure.

Glasses serve as an additional barrier from touching your face or eyes, though it is not as effective as goggles but better option than Contact lens in this pandemic.

Also, when removing your glasses you can cover your fingers with tissue to avoid touching the glasses with your bare hands which will later touch your face.

Those who will still wear the contact lens are advised to wash their hands properly before and after wear. Also, American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that these individuals should avoid contact with water while wearing the contact lenses, following orders from professionals regarding use of contacts and cleaning or substituting contact lenses and containers routinely.


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