COVID – 19 s ruling the headlines and every day we learn about more positive cases coming from all across the country. It is crucial that every individual thoroughly understands the symptoms and risks associated with the virus. Protecting oneself is vital; however, it is equally important that people around us are also protected. This is possible only when we are familiar with the new information that related to this pandemic. From hands to clothes to shoes, people are concerned about almost everything as they don’t want to allow this virus inside their homes or lives. Another major concern that they have is their eye health.
By now, almost everyone knows that one should refrain from touching their nose, mouth and eyes as one can infect themselves in this way. If you have a weak eye sight or commonly come in contact with eye issues, then being more concerned during this time is quite natural. However, you must know that it is unlikely that you can catch Coronavirus through your eyes; still you must follow good hygienic practices to minimize any risk.
# Do You Wear Contact Lenses?
If you are someone who wear contact lenses on a daily basis, then you must consider switching to glasses while COVID-19 is a risk. This is because those who wear contact lenses touch their eyes more than an average person. Thus, it increases the risk of spreading germs. If you are touching your eyes frequently, switch to glasses. It will also reduce irritation and act as a deterrent when you are going to touch your eyes.
If you are adamant on wearing contact lenses, then you must follow a stringent hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly every time before inserting or removing your lenses. It is also something that you must do as a routine as it helps in reducing the chances of contracting and passing on the virus.
# Protect Your Eyes
Those who wear glasses can keep their eyes more protected from COVID-19. As the virus spreads through airborne respiratory droplets, usually caused when someone infected coughs or sneezes, glasses will act as a barrier to protect your eyes from this.
# Reduce Risk
- If you have been in close contact with a person who has this virus or you have cough or a fever, you must inform your doctor prior to your eye routine care at a clinic.
- If you are facing issues with your eyes, avoid touching them and book an appointment urgently with the eye clinic or hospital.
- Many ophthalmologists have changed their procedure to cater to their patients and tackle the spread of the virus. So, it is vital that you book an appointment by phone before you actually show up at the clinic or hospital. This significant for your and other people/ patient’s safety.
- Also, stock up on your eye medicine prescription for the time being so that you don’t have to leave the safety of your home again and again.
- Don’t forget to practice safe hygiene and social distancing. It is utmost important for your and other people’s safety.