Wearing glasses instead of contact lenses may help you to touch your face less throughout the day, studies show. In fact, it is the healthiest and safest option for many frontline workers during the pandemic.
"Contact lens users not only touch their eyes to put in and remove their lens twice or more a day, they also touch their eyes and face much more than people who don't wear contacts", said Dr. Thomas Steinemann, a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
As everyone knows now, touching your face is a sure way to spread viruses such as Covid-19. While it is not entirely proven that the virus does actually enter the eye, if you touch your eyes, you are probably rubbing your nose or brushing fingers over your mouth too, so the risk to get sick is greater.
And if not Covid-19, other viruses, parasites and bacteria can easily stick to your conjunctiva, the thin, moist and transparent layer covering your eye. Prompting an uncomfortable, painful bout of pink eye. Ouch.
So what's the solution?
Switch from contact lenses to glasses. It's a good time to try on a new style of frame - and get compliments from people on Zoom.
Wash your hands. Ok, you may have heard this one too much lately, but it is your foolproof solution to anything contagious infection-related right now. So when in doubt, wash your hands again. And rinse them well so you don't spread chemicals into your eyes.
Use soothing eye care wipes to cleanse your eyes. After washing your hands, obviously. We love Opti-Soothe Eyelids Wipes to hydrate, cleanse and soothe tired eyes. It's gentle on the eye, contains no preservatives and is very efficient with ingredients such as antibacterial Tea Tree Oil, moisturising Hyaluronic Acid, and a calming cocktail of Chamomile and Aloe Vera.
Ask the kids to paint your hands. Yes, really. If you have time and want to have fun with your kids while teaching them about hygiene, this is a good way to show them how the virus spreads quickly. Ask them to paint your fingertips and do normal things for 2 minutes, like scrolling on your phone, picking up objects, whatever you normally do. You will be amazed to see how quickly you spread it. Make the cleaning part a race so it's fun and done fast!
Keep safe everyone!