It is as important to guard your eyes as much as you do your hands, nose and mouth – to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Here at Dedham Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, your eye health is of utmost importance. Therefore, we thought we would share some ways you can keep your eyes safe and healthy during this coronavirus outbreak.
Most important to understand is that common sense precautions can significantly reduce your risk of getting infected.
Washing your hands a frequently, strict adherence of contact lens hygiene and avoiding touching or rubbing your nose, mouth and especially your eyes, will go a long way in reducing your risk of COVID-19.
We recommend if you are wearing contact lenses, you may want to switch to glasses during the outbreak.
Although there is absolutely no evidence that wearing contact lenses will increase your risk, it is necessary to touch your eyes substantially more as a contact lens wearer. Opting for glasses more often is not a bad idea, especially for those who habitually touch their eyes when wearing contact lenses.
If you choose to continue wearing your contact lenses, NOW is the time to be overkill with your contact lens hygiene practices.
Wearing glasses may add a layer of protection.
Glasses or prescription sunglasses can help shield your eyes from infected respiratory droplets. Bear in mind that they do not completely wrap your eyes, so the virus can still reach your eyes from the exposed sides, tops and bottoms of your glasses.Ultimately, safety or sports goggles offer a stronger defense layer.
Avoid rubbing your eyes.
It can be hard to break this natural habit, but doing so will lower your risk of infection. If you feel an urge to itch or rub your eye or even to adjust your glasses, use a tissue instead of your fingers. Dry eyes can lead to more rubbing, so consider adding moisturizing drops to your eye routine. If you must touch your eyes for any reason — even to administer eye medicine — wash your hands first with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then wash them again after touching your eyes.
Practice safe hygiene and social distancing.
Wash your hands a lot. Follow good contact lens hygiene. And avoid touching or rubbing your nose, mouth and eyes.
If you have any questions about your eyes or your vision, be sure to ask your ophthalmologist.