Among individuals hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Suizhou, China, the proportion of patients who wore glasses for extended daily periods was smaller than the general population, suggesting daily eyeglass wearers may be less susceptible to COVID-19. Findings of the cohort study were published in JAMA Ophthalmology.1
Although respiratory droplets are the main source of transmission for COVID-19, the eye is considered an important route of infection. Preliminary research first published in April found evidence that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, may be transmitted through the eye.
In China, prevalence of myopia (nearsightedness) is estimated to be above 80%, meaning wearing eyeglasses is common among Chinese individuals of all ages. “However, since the outbreak of COVID-19