Public Focus Has Been on Face Masks
By now we all know about the transmission mode of COVID and other aerosolized viruses. This is why the CDC and other health organizations have mandated the use of facial masks covering the nose and the mouth as well as recommending washing our hands.
Overlooked Eye Covering
What has not been well promoted is the use of eye protection. It has been well documented that the mucous membranes (mouth, nose, and eye) are most susceptible to transmission and can be exposed to infected respiratory droplets. As part of your Personal Protective Equipment, it is recommended to wear a facial mask as well as an Eye Mask. These can include your regular glasses, sunglasses, or goggles. If you are caring for a sick patient or potentially exposed person, safety goggles may offer a stronger defense.
What About Contacts?
Contact lenses alone do not protect you. Contact lenses do not cover your eyes fully. In fact most of your eye’s most sensitive areas aren’t covered with contacts. And some contact wearers touch their eyes and the areas around their eyes much more when wearing contacts than when they have glasses on.
Get Outside with Eye Protection
This is especially true these days that more of us are strolling outdoors with more time on our hands. As the CDC has stated, wearing glasses also prevents you from accidentally touching your eyes.