How to Protect yourself from COVID-19 in Eye Care?

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How to Protect yourself from COVID-19 in Eye Care?

Will COVID-19 also be infected through the eyes? Can wearing optical eye glasses or safety reading glasses isolate viral infections? This sounds terrible. We dare not even look directly at strangers. How should we protect our eyes under COVID-19? Maybe everyone needs to understand.



When do I need to contact an ophthalmologist?


In the following cases, please call your ophthalmologist or other doctor as soon as possible:

1. You have macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy and need regular inspection;

2. When your vision changes, such as blurred vision, waves or blank spots, even if it looks small, you may have eye injuries;

3. You will find a new float or flash in your sight;

4. You suddenly lost your eyesight;

5. You have red eyes or eye pain, especially related to headache, nausea or vomiting.



How to get to the Eye Hospital under COVID-19


As ophthalmology clinics gradually begin to arrange appointments in person, some clinics may continue to provide "virtual" telemedicine access by phone or via video chat on a computer or smartphone. For face-to-face appointments, you need to take some precautions to protect your health.


You should wear masks and glasses. It is best to wait outdoors or in a car, rather than waiting in the normal waiting room. This is to protect you, other patients and office workers from being exposed to the virus in the crowded waiting area.



How does coronavirus affect the eyes?


Coronavirus can spread through the eyes, just as it spreads through the mouth or nose. When someone with a coronavirus coughs, sneezes or talks, viral particles will spray from your mouth or nose onto your face. You may inhale these tiny drops of water through your mouth or nose. However, water droplets can also enter your body through your eyes. After touching an object with a virus, touching your eyes may also infect you.


Coronavirus may cause red eye. If your eyes are pink, don't panic. Just call your ophthalmologist, let them know and follow their instructions for care. Wash your hands frequently and disinfect them. Wear optical frame glasses or custom oem sunglasses when you go out. Do not share towels, cups or utensils with others.



How to protect eye health under COVID-19


1. Don't wear contact lenses for now


There is no evidence that wearing contact lenses increases your risk of contracting coronavirus. But contact lens wearers have higher eye contact than the average person. Consider wearing adjustable focus reading glasses. Using optical eye glasses instead of lenses can reduce irritation and force you to stop before touching your eyes.



2. Wearing glasses will add a layer of protection


Corrective glasses or sunglasses can protect your eyes from respiratory infections. But remember, they do not provide 100% security. The virus can still enter your eyes from the side, top and bottom of the bare glasses. If you have to take care of a patient or someone who may be exposed, safety goggles may provide stronger defense.



3. Avoid rubbing your eyes


Breaking this natural habit may be difficult, but doing so will reduce the risk of infection. If you have itching, rubbing your eyes or even adjusting your glasses, please replace your fingers with paper towels. Dry eyes can cause more friction, so consider adding moisturizing drops to your daily care. If you must touch your eyes for any reason, please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then wash them again after touching the eyes.


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