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Did you know dirty eyeglasses can make you sick? Consider the all too familiar case of Molly who had an annual check-up with her doctor. In the waiting room, Molly was handed a pen and a clipboard and asked to sign in. She then put on her reading glasses. Guess what happened next?
Though perfectly healthy before entering the waiting room of the Doctor's office, 24 hours after handling a germ-covered pen and clipboard, putting on and taking off her reading glasses, Molly had come down with a case of the flu and an eye infection called conjunctivitis, aka Pink Eye. Though Molly's story may seem surprising and perhaps even ironic – getting sick at the Doctor's office – it is hardly surprising to those in the medical profession. After all, most people that go to the doctor's office are sick and they touch many common objects such as door knobs, pens, clipboards, arm chairs, magazines, brochures, and other such things.
Germs and bacteria are found everywhere. It is incredibly easy to pick up germs on your hands, especially in public places. Anything people touch a lot has germs on it. For example, push carts and basket handles at grocery stores are perfect transfer surfaces for germs and bacteria. They have been handled by everyone at the store, left outside, sneezed at and coughed on, and more likely than not, most people would not have had washed their hands immediately prior to handling them. The door handles of the bathrooms at gas stations, the collection plate and hymnals at the church, and the salt and pepper shakers at restaurants are more instances of places where you may pick up potentially harmfully germs and bacteria. Most of us would probably not pay much attention to this but when you touch these germ-filled surfaces and then put on your sunglasses or reading glasses, you transfer germs and bacteria to your glasses, and this in turn can cause many eye infections.
There are many eye infections that your dirty eye glasses can give you. Bear in mind, the dirt we are referring is not dust and debris which you are likely to notice, but rather the germs and bacteria which can find their way to and remain on your glasses without you even knowing. These infections include:
There is no debate that you need to regularly clean your eyeglasses. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind:
Even if you have perfect eyesight, chances are that you wear some kind of glasses such as sunglasses, special purpose outdoor glasses for sports, hunting, fishing, work safety glasses and goggles, and on and on. So remember, dirty eyeglasses can make you sick. Don't let that happen!