A recent medical research project has established a connection between wearing eyeglasses and a reduced chance of contracting COVID-19. Similar to mask-wearing, the connection between eyeglasses and the likelihood of contracting the virus leans towards the prevention side of things rather than a cure.

The study was performed on hospital patients in India.  According to the details released, "researchers....[found] that those who wear glasses at least eight hours during the day are less likely to contract the novel disease because they touch their eyes less frequently than those who do not wear glasses". Since the earliest days of the outbreak, medical experts have stressed the importance of not touching facial features like the mouth, nose, and eyes - due to the increased chances of contamination.

While eyeglasses aren't designed to stop the spread of a virus - and they're hardly as medically-correct as say N-95 masks, there is a strong enough prevention standard to make it worth a second look:

"This present study showed that the risk of COVID-19 was 2 to 3 times less in spectacles-wearing population than the population no using spectacles.  [The] protective role of the spectacles was found statistically significant if those were used for [a] long period of the day....more than eight hours."

This most-recent study - done on hospital patients in India mirrors a similar study done in China back in September 2020.  That medical research project also discovered a link between eyeglasses and the reduced chance of contracting COVID-19.

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Bottom line - prevention and reduced risk comes down to the precuations you're taking.  Wash your hands.  Wear a mask.  And - if you're near or far-sighted, wear your eyeglasses.

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