Why Switch from Contact Lenses to Glasses During COVID-19

Why Switch from Contact Lenses to Glasses During COVID-19

Amid the panic-buying and toilet roll hoarding, itโ€™s difficult to know what exactly we should be doing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. One thing is for certain: stay at home. In the spirit of public health consciousness, itโ€™s important to do our bit and isolate ourselves. Our focus should be on protecting the vulnerable, even if the virus will not affect us directly. There are many ways in which we can carry out this protection and most of them are preventative measures. One that we found particularly pertinent was the advice from medical professionals to switch from contact lenses to glasses.

In this blog post we will outline the reasons why this should be a change to your routine, as well as give you some fabulous glasses options to switch to. If you would like to keep up to date with the steps JustSpecs are taking to adapt to COVID-19, then please check out our previous post, Coronavirus Planning.


  1. Why make the switch

According to an article published by the Independent, there is evidence to suggest that the virus can cause a mild form of pink eye. It is feared that the eye can become impregnated with the virus via water droplets in the air. This is why wearing glasses is a more effective barrier against the virus than contact lenses. If you switch from contact lenses to glasses, the physical barrier created by the specs will reduce your chances of becoming infected.


Not only this, but the switch from contact lenses to glasses will also reduce the amount you touch your eyes. Firstly, you will no longer have to remove or don your lenses. Therefore, the necessary contact between your potentially contaminated fingers and your eye is removed completely. Secondly, if you are wearing glasses, then you will be less likely to absent-mindedly rub your eyes. This accidental contamination, much like touching the rest of your face or mouth with your hands, has been highly discouraged since the dawn of the pandemic. Knowing this, we can see that wearing glasses will benefit the masses, more so than contacts anyway. In an article for the Huffington Post, Lucy Wilson, an emergency health services professor at the University of Maryland, explained that glasses offer a "barrier protection against splashes or droplets" that can carry the virus.โ€

2. What to switch to?

If you are concerned about your wearing of contacts every day, then it may now be the time to be looking into purchasing some specs. Here at JustSpecs, we have a wide range of glasses to suit all styles. Why not check out our Battatura glasses, for a look thatโ€™s a bit more stylish and chic. Or if you want a pair that are slightly less luxurious but still fantastic quality, browse our range of affordable glasses. After delivering this news to you, we want to make it as easy as possible to make the switch from contact lenses to glasses, should you want to.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Stay safe everyone, and remember: in self-isolating, you are saving lives.