Opticians and coronavirus, we answer all your doubts
As research progresses on the coronavirus, we are getting to know the measures needed to prevent its spread. Protecting your eyes and hands and mouth is a way to help yourself and others. Here are some recommendations for prevention and eye protection that we hope will be useful:
Can the coronavirus spread through the eyes?
Much is still unknown about the new coronavirus, including if it really can be transmitted through the eyes. But it probably can be.
It is believed that the virus is spread primarily by contact from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. When it is transmitted through the eyes, the coronavirus may enter the body through the conjunctiva (membrane covering the eyes and eyelids) and then spread through the blood vessels in the conjunctiva.
Do glasses protect against coronavirus?
No. Your glasses can add a layer of protection, but do not provide 100% security. The virus can still reach your eyes from the exposed sides, top and bottom portion of their glasses. If you are caring for a sick patient or a person potentially exposed, safety goggles may offer a stronger defense.
Should I wash my glasses?
Yes. Regular cleaning of your glasses is a preventive measure. The easiest way is with water – soap and rinse thoroughly under running water to then wipe dry. Alcohol-based spray-cleaners are also effective. We recommend not using disinfecting gels as they could damage the glass treatments.
How do you keep glasses disinfected and aseptic in your Opticians?
We use U.V. Sterilizers so that all our glasses are in perfect condition for our clients. Ultraviolet sterilization is the process of destruction of all microbial life by ultraviolet radiation.
Should I avoid wearing contact lenses?
There is no evidence that wearing contact lenses increases the risk of coronavirus infection. You can still use your contact lenses but it is very important that you wash your hands carefully and thoroughly with soap and water and then dry them with disposable paper towels, both before inserting them and when removing.
Hand sanitizer or soap, which is best for my hands?
The World Health Organization is advising people to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is also the recommended way before putting in your contact lenses. If you use hand sanitizer gel, alcohol content can pass from hands to eyes through the lenses and might end up with discomfort. In these cases, we recommend contact lens solution for rinsing.
Should I wear gloves to put my contact lenses in?
Provided you wash your hands properly with soap and water before putting in or removing your lenses and dry your hands with unused paper towels, it is not necessary to use gloves. (Actually, it’s quite difficult, so it’s best to avoid it!)
Should I stop using my lubricating eye drops?
Not necessarily. If you are already using moisturizing drops you can continue using them and make sure to wash your hands well before putting the drops in your eyes. Reducing or stopping drops for the comfort of your lenses could lead to increased eye irritation, which could increase the frequency with which you inadvertently rub your eyes.
And the contact lens cases, what to do with them?
We advise that you replace your case every month. Remember, if you use contact lenses monthly, every night you should empty their case of solution; rinse your case with a fresh solution and then air-dry on a clean tissue.
Professionals and Eye Health
Can I check my eyesight?
For the health and safety of all, the National College of Opticians-Optometrists urges not to see patients during the coronavirus pandemic except for urgent or emergency care. Limiting contact between doctors and patients is key to helping reduce the spread.
What emergency situations are indicated to visit your specialist?
Call the information health phone number enabled in your city for guidance in the following situations:
- You notice changes in your vision (such as blurred, wavy, or blank spots in your field of vision);
- You notice many floats, flies, or flashes and flashes of light in your vision.
- You suddenly experience pain and loss of vision.
- You have eye pain, headache, red eyes, nausea, and vomiting
- You have macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy and therefore receive regular eye injections.
Can coronavirus cause conjunctivitis?
Although the disease mainly affects the airways, cases of conjunctivitis have already been detected with a positive finding of the virus in ocular secretions.
If you see someone with a pink eye, don’t panic. It does not mean that the person is infected with coronavirus. But if you suffer itching, burning, tearing, foreign body sensation, swelling of eyelids and redness, you are most likely to be suffering from viral conjunctivitis. Call the information phone enabled in your city, and the health authorities will tell you what to do next.
Avoid rubbing your eyes.
We all do it, but while it may be difficult to break this natural habit, doing so will reduce the risk of infection. Dry eyes can cause more rubbing, so consider adding moisturizing drops to your eye routine. If you have to touch your eyes for any reason, even for drugs administered to the eyes, wash your hands first with soap and water for at the least 20 seconds. Then wash them again later.