People who use glasses on a regular basis are three times less likely to contract the SARS-CoV-2 virus through the eye, according to a study by a team of researchers in India.
A research team from the University of Bilaspur in Central and Eastern India found that a marked reduction in the risk of infection is associated with the habits of people wearing glasses. "Their users touch their eyes much less often, thus protecting the body against coronavirus access" - indicated Indian scientists.
The study published on the scientific portal "Medrxiv" indicated that the study participants, on average, during the day touched the mouth and nose area 20 times, ie the places through which SARS-CoV-2 enters the body.
The authors of the study indicated that for the eye, through which the coronavirus also enters the body, people in the study touched their eyes an average of three times a day. Participants wearing glasses did not have this habit.
"Regular wearing of glasses reduces the habit of touching the eye area, which automatically reduces the risk of eye infection with coronavirus," the research team said.
304 people aged 10 to 80 participated in the study conducted in North India, which was carried out between August and September 2020.
Marcin Zatyka (PAP)