Our eyes might play an important role in the spread and prevention of the new coronavirus outbreak seen throughout the world.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in Wuhan, China – 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.
As the pandemic continues to spread overseas, a growing number of countries are bracing themselves for a worst-case scenario in which COVID-19 remains in circulation until next year at the earliest.
How is the new coronavirus related to your eyes?
Patients who have contracted the new coronavirus may have ocular symptoms. Along with mouth and nose, coronavirus can enter into your body through your eyes. It can cause pink eyes or conjunctivitis, which is rare. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the membrane covering the eyeball. It is often referred to as “pink eye.” Conjunctivitis often presents as an infected/red, “wet and weepy” eye. Viral conjunctivitis is known to present with upper respiratory infections (colds, flu, etc.) and maybe a symptom of the COVID-19 virus.
Precautions recommended by eye doctors:
- Stop touching or rubbing your eyes.
- If you use contact lenses, switch to glasses for a while. Wearing glasses may add a layer of protection.
- Stock up on eye medicine prescription if you can, like anti-glaucoma drops if you are on.
- Washing hands with soap and water thoroughly for a minimum of 20seconds frequently, especially before food, after using the restroom, before instilling eye medications, after coughing/ sneezing.
- Avoid touching face, especially the mouth, nose and eyes.
- Use hand sanitizer frequently which has a minimum of 60℅ alcohol.
Regularly disinfect the surfaces at home.
Stay at home and be safe.
If your visit is not an emergency, your eye doctor may ask you to stay at home.
For eye care-related emergencies, you can contact us on our helpline number 022-2573 1355 or Book an appointment.
Note: Don’t panic! visit hospitals only if it’s an emergency. Together we can fight against Corona!