No evidence that wearing eyeglasses in public reduces the risk of acquiring COVID-19

Clinical Question

Does wearing eyeglasses, including sunglasses, during times of public exposure help adults reduce their risk of acquiring COVID-19?

Bottom line

This study found no definitive evidence that wearing eyeglasses, including sunglasses, during times of public exposure reduces the risk of acquiring COVID-19. The sample size was smaller than intended and the intervention lasted only 14 days, so there may still be a benefit, though likely to be minimal. For now, best not to rely on eyeglasses or sunglasses alone when eye protection is needed. 1b-

Study design: Randomized controlled trial (single-blinded)

Funding: Government

Setting: Population-based

Reviewer

David C. Slawson, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine for Education and Scholarship
Atrium Health
Professor of Family Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill
Charlotte, NC


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Comments

ARUP KUMAR DHARA

Impact assessment

Very good

Anonymous

Silly study

Covid 19 is spread by touching contaminated surfaces or by respiratory route.

Anonymous

Glasses vs Covid

Only the government would see the benefit of funding a study like this (using our money!)