Eye Care During COVID-19
One of the most common entryways of the corona virus is our eyes. A recent study by China says that Conjunctiva gets invaded by a coronavirus. After entering through the eyes, coronavirus is transmitted towards another part of the body. You should maintain hygiene and take protection during this situation. Because unprotected eyes increase the risk of infection as well as worldwide transmission.
Coronavirus can spread through the eyes
The droplet from cough or sneeze pass the infection so fast and transmit through the nose, mouth and eyes. Contamination and proliferation make the rates of increasing higher, it is more workable for your eyes. The Ocular Surface and the eyelids have a high chance of contamination as well as proliferation. Another study says that, if you touch the fluid of the eyes from an infected person, there is a high chance of getting affected. So, taking good care of your eyes is always recommendable.
Coronavirus and eye-related problems
Eye experts think that conjunctivitis is associated with another respiratory virus. It is referred to as Red Eyes. Conjunctiva starts swelling and gets infected with inflammation in Conjunctivitis. It is a transparent lining. It covers the front of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. Here are some common symptoms like redness, watering, irritation, pain, swelling, discharge and photophobia. These symptoms are very less common and they are found near about one per cent of total COVID-19 cases.
It is not mandatory that if you are suffering from conjunctivitis, you are infected by a coronavirus. Allergies, chemical exposure, and other infection often cause Conjunctivitis. But if you are suffering from headache, sore throat, fever, cough with these above-mentioned eye problems, you must visit a doctor.
Protect your eyes
Coronavirus is not only dangerous for the respiratory system alone, but it is also infectious for the eyes. If you take some necessary precautions, you can keep yourself safe. Here is a list that you can follow
Maintaining eye hygiene
Practice keeping your eyes clean with water. You have to do it twice daily. If you practice eye hygiene, the risk of getting affected can be minimised. You must avoid touching your eyes frequently.
Avoid contact lenses and use specks
You prefer to use contact lenses, avoid doing this. Because contact lenses wearer touches their eyes so often. Contact lens helps to spread the infection fast. On the other hand, specks can give you an extra layer of protection from COVID-19.
Stop to rub your eyes
When you are feeling itching into the eyes, don’t try to rub it instantly. You can use tissue paper instead of your fingers. After sanitizing your hand, you can wash your eyes with clear water. You can use moistening drops to reduce itchiness.
Wearing goggles is not only enhance the fashion sense but also can protect your eyes from any respiratory droplets when you step out. When you are wearing sunglasses, you keep your hands away from your eyes.
Stock up necessary medicines
Stock up your recommended medicines and other essential eye drops in advance.
Consult your doctor
You must consult an ophthalmologist for a better diagnosis if you exhibit eye-related symptoms.
Cut your risk of contracting an infection
World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended some necessary steps to decrease the risk of coronavirus infection. Few of them are-
Wash your hands frequently
You have to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. You can use a hand sanitiser also.
You must resist yourself to touch your facial parts frequently
You can’t use your unwashed hands to your eyes, nose and mouth. Because they are mucous membranes of these parts which are most susceptible to transmit the virus.
Use tissue paper
When you are coughing and sneezing, try to use tissue paper and throw that in a dustbin. Avoid using a cloth to rub the eyes. As it can carry the virus which can infect you.
Wear face Mask
When you are stepping out, you must use a face mask which can reduce the risk of infection.
Maintain physical and social distance
You have to maintain a physical and social distance to avoid the risk factor of getting affected. Until it is too necessary, avoid stepping out of your home.
Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces
Try to disinfect the things which you use always. Because the corona virus can last more than hours, it varies from thing to thing. So in this way you can lessen the risk factors.
Stay home, stay healthy!