Touching your eyes is a serious health hazard

Touching your eyes is a serious health hazard

How many times do you touch your eyes? 

Unconsciously, especially when we are concentrating and working, we repeatedly touch our face and our eyes. Most do not realize or aware of how many times we do these movements during the course of the day.

According to surveys, when we're in front of our screens, we touch our eyes more than 10 times per hour, on the average. 

Why is it so dangerous to touch your eyes?

Depending on various aspects, such as temperature and humidity, viruses can stay on surfaces much longer than we think:

- 3 – 24 hours: Paper/Tissue

- 2 - 8 hours: Cardboard

- 24 hours – 4 days: Wood/Clothing

- 2 - 4 days: Glass

- 2 - 5 days: Stainless Steel/Plastic

Therefore, when we touch any of these surfaces during this period of dealing with coronavirus, we run the risk of transmitting the virus to our body by touching our eyes. This is the reason why we are constantly being reminded to wash our hands often because, the combination of soap warm water breaks down the protective film of the virus and, melts it down into an ineffective stage.

How does using screens of our devices influence the risk of infection?

More than 70% people have symptoms due to excessive use of screens, exposing themselves to the harmful effects of blue light emissions. Those who are experiencing problems such as dry eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue, itching and general discomfort, touching their eyes becomes much more frequent.

Why do we need to blink often?

An average person blinks 15-20 times per minute. With every blink, the eyelids help spread oils and mucous secretions to keep the eyes from drying out. Blinking also keeps eyes safe from potentially damaging foreign bodies and dust.

How does using Reticare photo protectors help reduce the risk?

An independent scientific team from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona found that when using Reticare on screens, users blinked more often when compared to those reading from a paper source that showed incomplete or poor blinking. More importantly, it was proven that the main symptoms of eye fatigue and the need to touch the eyes were dramatically reduced when Reticare was used on screens.

Table of the study with the persistence of the different coronaviruses analyzed according to surface and temperature. Source: The Journal of Hospital Infecion

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