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People who wear glasses are 3 times less likely to contract COVID-19, a  study in India has found.

The study claims that eyes (which can be an infection site for COVID-19) can be protected by spectacles.

How can COVID-19 enter through the eyes? 

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and mainly affects the respiratory system. However, as an opening int your body your eyes are vulnerable. 

According to WebMD, rubbing the eyes after touching a surface with droplets from someone who has been infected with COVID-19 or droplets entering the eyes directly from some couching or sneezing in front of you. 

The study conducted in Nother India claims that wearing glasses can protect the wearer from such transmissions making then three times less likely “Touching and rubbing of the eyes with contaminated hands may be a significant route of infection,” the report said.

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“Long term use of spectacles may prevent repeated touching and rubbing of the eyes.”

Avoid touching your eyes

One of the suggestions made by Doctors the world over to avoid COVID-19 infection is to avoid touching your eyes. 

Infection through the eyes is one of the means accepted by the medical society that the virus can enter the body even though the eyes are not part of the respiratory system. 

During his study ophthalmologist ( a doctor who diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems)Amit Kumar Saxena Senior from NPCB, Kanpur Dehat from that many people touch their eyes frequently and sometimes even unconsciously however wearing glasses prevented this. 


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