1. If you wear contact lenses, switch to glasses for a while.
Contact lens wearers touch their eyes more than the average person. Substituting glasses for lenses can decrease irritation and force you to pause before touching your eye,”.
2. Wearing glasses may add a layer of protection.
Corrective lenses or sunglasses can shield your eyes from infected respiratory droplets. But they don’t provide 100% security. The virus can still reach your eyes from the exposed sides, tops and bottoms of your glasses. If you’re caring for a sick patient or potentially exposed person, safety goggles may offer a stronger defence.
3 Stock up on eye medicine prescriptions
If you use any eye drops regularly, for example, patients with Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular degenerations, patients who have been operated upon just before the lockdown, please stock up on eye drops and tablets which have been prescribed. Don’t wait for the eye drops to be over because even pharmacies are facing difficulties to stock up on medicines.
4. Avoid rubbing your eyes.
We all do it. 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.
5. Practice safe hygiene and social distancing.
Let us win the war against this deadly virus. You can do it.
Protecting your eyes is important. Here’s why:
When a sick person coughs or talks, virus particles can spray from their mouth or nose into another person’s face. You’re most likely to inhale these droplets through your mouth or nose, but they can also enter through your eyes. You can also become infected by touching something that has the virus on it — like a table or doorknob — and then touching your eyes.
Coronavirus may cause conjunctivitis— but it’s rare. If you see someone with conjunctivitis, don’t panic. It doesn’t mean that person is infected with coronavirus. But health officials believe conjunctivitis develops in about 1% to 3% of people with coronavirus. The virus can spread by touching fluid from an infected person’s eyes, or from objects that carry the fluid.
All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS ) Guidelines.
• Any eye surgeries and procedures that are not emergencies are postponed.
• Routine patient visits will be rescheduled.
• Telemedicine and video conferencing can be done to help our patients out during these difficult times.
Dr. Shilpa Kodkany M S ( Ophth ) Dr Kodkany’s Eye Centre Belagavi
SMS / CALL on +91 7796524347 Between 3 pm and 6 pm
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