Contact lenses do not increase the risk of infection with COVID-19 – provided that their owners comply with the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on frequent hand washing and refusal to touch the face. This conclusion was made by scientists from the University of Waterloo, whose work is published on the website COVIDEyeFacts.org.
Eyes are one of the main routes of transmission of the virus, including SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. In recent weeks, there have been several reprints of articles (that is, articles that did not go through peer review by other scientists), That contact lenses increase the risk of contracting a new type of coronavirus.
In their publication, the researchers note that this is not so – now there is no scientific evidence that contact lenses increase the risk of contracting a viral disease compared to wearing glasses.
“Our results show that contact lenses remain a perfectly acceptable form of vision correction during a coronavirus pandemic if people follow hand hygiene rules and follow appropriate personal care guidelines. Unfortunately, in recent days we have seen several erroneous messages about contact lenses and glasses. Our goal is to provide understanding and dissemination of truths based on scientific evidence”.
Lyndon Jones, lead author of the research
The authors of the work note that ordinary glasses cannot protect the owner from infection with a new type of coronavirus.