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The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has released some tips on how to protect your eyes and fight against coronavirus. One key point they recommend is to switch to glasses if you usually wear contact lenses because those who wear contacts may touch their eyes more often than the average person. Plus, glasses can add another layer of protection from virus-infected droplets.

With Coronavirus a Threat, Stop Wearing Contact Lenses

MONDAY, April 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you're already wearing a face mask to cover your mouth and nose, taking steps to protect your eyes might also help guard against coronavirus infection, eye health experts say.

Here are some tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO):

  • Don't wear contact lenses -- switch to glasses. People who wear contact lenses tend to touch their eyes more than the average person.
  • Glasses may add a layer of protection. They can shield your eyes from droplets that carry the virus, but they don't provide 100% security.
  • If you have medicine for your eyes, stock up so you'll have enough to get by if supplies become scarce during the outbreak.
  • Don't rub your eyes. If you have an urge to scratch or rub your eyes or adjust your glasses, use a tissue not your fingers. If you have to touch your eyes, wash your hands first and again afterwards.
  • Remember to practice safe hygiene and social distancing, wash your hands often, don't touch your face, cover your cough or sneeze, avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
  • Also, regularly disinfect surfaces and items in your house, especially doorknobs and countertops.

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