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Why You Should Switch to Glasses and Stop Wearing Contact Lenses

Last Updated on April 21, 2020 by Ashwini G

If you wear contact lenses, then this article is for you. Experts have recommended people who use contact lenses instead of glasses to switch to the later. The experts have recommended using glass instead of lenses as these contact lenses aid in the transmission of Coronavirus. US-based researchers have stated that wearing glasses reduces the possibility of a person touching his or her face while putting them on. As we know that one of the major reasons people are getting affected by this virus is that they are touching their faces without washing their hands. The virus gets into our bodies mainly through our nose, mouth, and eyes. By putting on a mask, we are able to cover our mouths and noses, but without glasses, our eyes are unprotected.

Why Avoid Contact Lenses?

People who use contact lenses are more likely to touch their faces while putting on or removing the lenses once or twice each day than those who don’t use them, claims Dr. Thomas Steinemann (Clinical spokesperson at American Academy of Ophthalmology). A lot of people are not careful regarding their hygiene and may touch surfaces that are covered in the virus and then touch their eyes and faces without washing their hands, he adds. By putting on glasses, people are not only not touching their eyes but also cover their eyes too. Although the chances of a person getting infected with Coronavirus getting in through eyes are too small, however, it doesn’t mean that we can let our eyes remain unprotected.

Coronavirus and Pink Eye

Reports suggest that Coronavirus can also cause Pink Eye Syndrome, also known as Conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis, an extremely contagious condition, is an inflammation of the thin, transparent layer of the eye called Conjunctiva. Conjunctiva is a modified mucus membrane quite similar to the ones present in our mouths or noses. Conjunctiva needs to remain moist for proper functioning, but the moist nature makes it ideal for the growth of the virus. In case you are wondering what the symptoms of Conjunctivitis are, they include itching or burning sensation in the eye, redness/pinkness in the white portion of the eyes, pus, or mucus discharge that can build up on eyelashes. It has been found that in percent of cases of people suffering from COVID-19 also developed symptoms of Conjunctivitis.

Now, this finding makes the virus a lot more dangerous than before. Fluid from a person who has been infected from Conjunctivitis and COVID-19 is extremely contagious. Any surface touched by a person suffering from this condition can have the virus on it. Later on, many people would come in contact with such surfaces, and if they don’t follow the recommendations to wash their hands afterward, they could very well get infected from the virus. After this shocking discovery, ophthalmologists have prioritized looking at the patients who need emergency aid, such as people who have an eye injury.

No Need to Panic

A lot of people have taken it a bit further and believe that tears can also transmit the virus from an infected person to a healthy one. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has confirmed that all such claims are bogus, and tears don’t play any role in the spread of this disease. Pink eye doesn’t necessarily mean that a person is suffering from COVID-19. Coronavirus is one of many viruses that can cause Conjunctivitis, and the chances of Conjunctivitis appearing with other diseases is so common that experts are not at all surprised in this case. Pink eye is so common that certain strains of Rhinovirus (the virus responsible for the common cold) also cause a Pink eye. There are lots of pathogens such as amoebas, fungi, and parasites, that are present in water, which could cause the Pink eye. Many people who go for a swim suffer from this condition. Allergies to shampoos, chlorine, dust, and smoke are also responsible for the Pink eye. As you can see, the Pink eye is extremely common, so a person suffering from this condition might not be infected by Coronavirus. So, don’t panic if you or anybody else around you have a pink eye. However, it is recommended that you contact a doctor nonetheless.

How to Keep Yourself Protected?

As mentioned earlier, everyone should practice washing their hands regularly, with soap and water. People should practice social distancing and refrain from leaving the house unless there is an urgent need. In case you have to leave your house for some purpose, ensure that you stay at least one meter away from another individual and don’t form a crowd. On returning, change your clothes and disinfect them as well as yourself immediately.


Why Should I Switch from Contact Lenses To Glasses?

People who use contact lenses are more likely to touch their eyes than people who don’t wear them. One of the possible ways for the transmission of Coronavirus is through eyes. So, you should switch to glasses, which not only protect your eyes but also remove the need for you to touch your eyes.

Is Pink Eye A Symptom of Coronavirus Infection?

Yes, Pink Eye is a symptom of Coronavirus along with a plethora of other conditions such as common cold, chlorine, and dust allergy, etc. So, if you have a Pink Eye, it doesn’t mean that you are infected with Coronavirus. However, you should get yourself checked out in case; you have a pink eye.

What is Pink Eye?

Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye is a highly contagious disease where a membrane of the eye, the Conjunctiva, gets infected, and inflammation occurs. Some of the common symptoms of this condition are itchy eyes, fluid discharge from eyes, and pinkish or reddish color of the sclera.

What Are the Chances of a Person Suffering From COVID-19 To Have Conjunctivitis?

Reports show that only 2 to 3 people in a set of a hundred people suffering from COVID-19 develop Conjunctivitis.

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