womanfacemask.jpeg (image_GWnAngN.webp)How Does The Coronavirus Affect Eyes?

Although unlikely, It is possible for patients who have contracted the coronavirus to present with ocular symptoms, such as conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis (commonly known as pink eye) is an irritation or inflammation of the conjunctiva, which covers the white part of the eye. It can be triggered by allergies, a bacterial or viral infection.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology reported that Covid-19 can cause mild conjunctivitis and is possibly transmitted by aerosol contact with the mucous membrane that covers the eye. Doctors are urging patients with pink eye in conjunction with a fever and respiratory problems to call first. It’s important for physicians and medical staff to take appropriate precaution before seeing patients who could be Covid-19-positive. 

Basic Steps To Protect Yourself

Make sure you know the essential ways to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus: 

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow, NOT your hands

  • Wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds

  • Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol

  • Stay home if you’re sick, no matter your symptoms

  • Wear a facemask ONLY if you are sick or caring for someone who is (masks are in short supply)

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces everyday

How To Protect Your Eyes

Follow these four tips to keep your eyes protected from potential infection. 

1. Take A Break From Contacts Lenses 

This will help to minimize hand-to-eye contact.

2. Glasses Can Help Shield Your Eyes

Glasses and sunglasses can act as a protective shield from respiratory droplets. If you’re in close contact with a sick (or potentially sick) person, wear safety goggles for complete coverage. 

3. Try Not To Touch Your Eyes

If your eyes are itching, use a tissue instead of your fingers. Wash your hands before and after touching your eyes.  

4. Have A Good Supply of Your Medications 

If you take prescription eye medicine, make sure you enough to last you through a quarantine. 

Everett & Hurite is now offering virtual visits to patients. Our ophthalmologists are  highly experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of eye conditions. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and eye care products enable us to deliver a superior level of care to all of our patients. If you have any questions or concerns about your eye health, call 412-288-0858 today.