It’s understandable right now that many of us are thinking about our health and safety. Though taking precautions can make a huge difference, it helps to know where to start. That’s why we’re here to help lighten the load and tell you just what you need to know about coronavirus and eye safety.
How it Spreads
Coronavirus can spread through contact. That includes contact from the eyes, like rubbing them or not cleaning contacts after use. It also means that if you touch an infected object and then go to touch your eyes, you could accidentally infect yourself.
Coronavirus and Pinkeye
Some folks with the coronavirus may also have pinkeye as a symptom. Stats show that around 1 to 3 percent of cases of COVID-19 come with pinkeye. This makes sense, because the coronavirus and pinkeye both can spread when people touch their eyes. So, social distancing will also help you avoid transmitting both of them too.
Washing Your Hands Is an Effective Weapon
If you haven’t gotten into the habit of washing your hands after touching things that others have also touched, we suggest that you do. That means door handles, grocery store carts, towels, and more. You should wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
Dealing with Chapped Hands
This is less about the coronavirus and eye safety and more about personal comfort. As you start washing your hands more, you may notice that they’re chapped or red. You can put on a bit of lotion or hand cream to help. Wounds or cuts in the skin should be covered and cleaned beforehand.
Cleaning Your Glasses and Contacts
You should always clean your glasses and contacts. Now, this habit is more than crucial than ever. If you’re wondering how to clean your contacts, simply put the contact into the palm of your hand, and gently massage contact solution into it for about 20 seconds. Store your contacts in fresh solution each day, and wash your hand thoroughly before putting in or removing contact lenses.
If you have the option, we strongly recommend wearing glasses right now. They are less likely to transmit germs!
What to Do If You’re Visiting Us
We still are here to help during this time. We’ve made a few changes to how we run our clinics, though! If you’re feeling ill and have potential coronavirus symptoms, we ask you to call us and change your appointment time. If you’re dealing with pinkeye, we also request that you let us know ahead of time. As for check-in, please call us when you are in the parking lot, and wait in the car. Guardians are welcome to join their child in the appointment as well. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone healthy!
Our world is filled with amazing people—currently, we’re all learning how far they will go to help each other! We appreciate you minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Following these coronavirus and eye safety tips mean that you’re making a big difference in your health and the health of everyone around you—so keep on keeping on!