When you depend on glasses to see properly, you need to visit your optometrist on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into our normal routines. However, people with eye diseases and emergencies still need to get proper eye care, even with the new variant spreading. Here’s how to protect your eyes during COVID-19, without jeopardizing your health in the process.
How the virus can affect your eyes
You probably remember the early days of the pandemic, when people were cautioned that you can contract COVID-19 through your eyes, nose and mouth. It’s still true—if you touch an infected surface and then touch your eyes, you can still come down with the virus. If you’re vaccinated, remember that vaccines do not prevent breakthrough cases—they simply teach your body to fight off the infection, reducing the time spent ill and the severity of the symptoms.
Some scientists suspect that the novel coronavirus can cause pinkeye, or conjunctivitis. You might notice a sticky or runny discharge coming from your eyes. Touching the discharge can spread the illness, so be sure not to allow anyone to touch your face. Do not share utensils, cups, plates, towels, pillowcases or eyeglasses until you’ve fully recovered. Visit your doctor to learn whether you have pinkeye and how best to treat the infection.
How to protect your eyes
If you already wear glasses, you’re in luck—they may provide an extra layer of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing glasses makes it harder for respiratory droplets to make their way into your eyes, reducing your chances of contracting the virus.
Remember that glasses aren’t a silver bullet for the virus. Respiratory droplets can still make their way into your eyes through the top, bottom and sides of your glasses. However, it’s much less likely to happen when you’re wearing glasses—that’s why many doctors have recommended switching from contact lenses back to glasses, at least until the pandemic is over.
Cleaning your glasses regularly is important. Make sure you clean them with eyeglass cleaner and a microfiber cloth every night, and wash them with soap and water at least once per week, or any time you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Remember to avoid rubbing your eyes, especially if you’ve been in contact with the general public. This can be a hard habit to break, but it will significantly reduce your chances of coming down with the virus. You should also practice good hygiene and social distancing: wash your hands thoroughly on a regular basis, don’t touch your face and stay six feet away from other people not in your household. Wear a mask whenever indoors—even if you’re vaccinated—and stock up on any prescription eye medications, so you can cut down on trips to the pharmacy or optometrist.
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