We know that covering the mouth and nose is the most important practice to prevent COVID19 infection. Experts have claimed that touch is not the only way for the virus to spread across; they have said that even droplets can travel in the air. They have revealed that people who wear eyeglasses every day are at a lower risk of infection as compared to those who do not wear eyeglasses. The new study has focused on patients with COVID19 infection in China. They have been able to establish a link between wearing eyeglasses and a low rate of infection. This study has been released in JAMA Opthalmology.
Experts have looked for patients who wear eyeglasses for more than 8 hours in a day. However, the number of infected people who have met this criterion for the study was quite less. Around 276 patients have been enrolled in the study and only 16 of them have been wearing glasses for 8 hours daily. More than half of the participants in the study have been male. Scientists have revealed that around 31.5 percent of people of the total population of that region in China wear eyeglasses and only 5.8 percent of them wear eyeglasses for 8 hours daily. The study has highlighted that there has been a major difference in the rate of infection between the people who wear eyeglasses and those who do not.
This is the first study, which has been able to determine a connection between the reduced rate of infection and wearing eyeglasses. The study has delivered quite a promising link between the two. However, experts have not been able to determine whether wearing glasses is the only ultimate factor responsible for such a difference in the rate of infection. Eyeglasses work as eye shields, which can prevent droplets from depositing in people’s eyes. The findings of the study also indicate that wearing protective glasses of any type might lessen the risk of COVID19 infection. Experts have said it needs more intensive and thorough studies for more conclusive findings.