All your questions answered: Should you switch to glasses from contact lenses to prevent COVID-19?

Here are all your questions answered:

Studies have verified that COVID-19 can spread when you touch your face and eyes. But, does this mean that you should stop using contact lenses and shift to glasses during the pandemic?

The Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School David Chu discussed the precautionary measures needed if you are a regular lens user and how the virus might impact your eyes. Here are all your questions answered:

Are people who use contact lenses at an increased risk for COVID-19?

Chu said that up till now, there are no cases of COVID-19 transmission by the handling of contact lenses. But since lenses can cause eye irritation, users might touch their face or rub their eyes often, putting them at a higher risk for the virus. To avoid it, you must practice strict hygiene while touching your face.

Should people switch to glasses from contact lenses?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has no specific guidelines regarding the use of contact lenses. But it recommends that the people who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 should switch to glasses.

Can the virus spread through tears?

In some cases, COVID-19 has been identified in human tears. But the virus spreading through it is an uncommon occurrence. However, the patients who tested positive for the virus in their nose and throat did not test positive for it in their tears. Whether or not the virus can spread through tears is still unknown but appears unlikely.

Is pink eye a symptom of COVID-19?

It is a relatively rare symptom of the virus, but it can be found in some cases. However, the more common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and cough.

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