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Corona & Eye Safety

By now, the whole world knows what COVID-19 is capable of doing – fever, cough, and shortness of breath that can take 2 to 14 days to show
up after a person is exposed to the virus.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, reports suggest that coronavirus can also cause pink eye (conjunctivitis) in the
infected person.

How Coronavirus can affect your eyes

Health officials believe that conjunctivitis develops in about 1% to 3% of people with coronavirus. In fact, recent studies also suggest that the eye can be a route for entry of the Coronavirus (CoVID n19) into the body. Conjunctivitis is an infection of the membrane, known as conjunctiva that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. The symptoms of pink eye include itchiness, redness, tearing, discharge that forms a crust, and a gritty feeling in the affected eye.

How is Coronavirus transmitted

When a person infected with coronavirus sneezes, coughs, or talks, the virus can be sprayed into the air along with small droplets emitted from their nose or mouth. It’s likely that you inhale these droplets through your nose or mouth, and it’s also likely for the virus to enter your eyes.

If you touch an object that has been contaminated with the virus-like the door handle and then touch your eyes, the virus can enter your eyes.

Below are some eye protection guidelines you can follow:

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • If you have the urge to rub your eyes or adjust your eyeglasses, don’t use your fingers, instead use a tissue. And if you must touch your eyes, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after touching your eyes.
  • Switch to eye-glasses for a while instead of wearing contact lenses.
  • If you tend to touch your eyes a lot for no apparent reason, consider wearing glasses more often. Wearing eyeglasses instead of contact lenses decreases the irritation in your eyes caused due to contact lenses, and you are more likely to pause before you touch your eyes.
  • Wear glasses for an added layer of protection.
  • Although sunglasses or corrective eyeglasses can protect your eyes from
    virus-infected droplets, they do not provide 100% protection. The virus can enter into your eyes through the exposed areas such as the side, top, and bottom of the glasses. If you are taking care of a sick patient or if you are potentially exposed to the virus, wear safety goggles for a stronger defence.
  • Apart from that wash your hands as often as possible for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. Make it a habit to wash your hands after you use the restroom, cough, sneeze or blow your nose, and before eating. If you do not have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your face — especially the eyes, nose, and mouth.

Still if the problem persists do consult us for expert advice.