Scientists attribute this to the fact that spectacle wearers are less likely to touch their eyes
People who wear glasses may be three times less likely to contract the coronavirus than others.
This is evidenced by the results of a study conducted in India.
Preliminary results of the study suggest that spectacle wearers may be getting extra protection because they are less likely to touch their eyes than most people.
“Touching and rubbing the eyes with contaminated hands may be an important pathway for infection” of COVID-19, according to a publication posted on medRxiv, a Web site that collects medical research results before they are peer-reviewed.
The new study found that the risk of infection was 2 to 3 times lower among those who wore glasses “for long periods of time,” that is, at least eight hours a day, the publication notes.
The study was conducted last summer at KV COVID Hospital Medical Center in Kanpurdehat County in the north. It involved 304 patients between the ages of 10 and 80.