The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends contact lens wearers switch to glasses temporarily as a way to reduce their risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19, the respiratory disease that can be fatal.

Contact lens wearers touch their eyes more often than those sporting glasses, the ophthalmology group says.

The American Optometric Association, though, says contact lenses are safe as long as the wearer follows directions for lens care.

Glasses and sunglasses don’t offer a complete barrier from respiratory droplets sprayed in your direction. Safety glasses, which protect the exposed sides and the area around your eyes may offer better protection, health care experts say.

WHO specifically recommends safety glasses for people who will be providing regular care for people with COVID-19.


Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

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