COVID-19 and the eye

Pink eye can be a presenting symptom of COVID-19 in 1-3% of infected patients, according to American Academy of Ophthalmology. However, some researchers have published that transmission through the tears is low. Symptoms would include redness of the eye, swelling, sticky discharge in one or both eyes, as well as fever along with respiratory systems such as coughing and shortness of breath.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are a few guidelines that the CDC has published. These guidelines include washing hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. As always when sick, cover your cough and sneezes with tissue and then immediately discard it in a waste bin . Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Also, it is important not to touch unwashed hands to eyes, nose or mouth. Practice social distancing by limiting close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet). It has recently become a guideline to use a face mask whenever you around other people. It is also recommended to wash high touch areas, which includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day. Dispose of all contaminated items including face mask, gloves or other items in a separate lined container before disposing with other household waste. Thoroughly wash hands after touching contaminated items.

At this time, the CDC has recommended postponing all routine eye exams until further notice. Optical Outlets has shutdown until further notice, but eyeglasses can be purchased online from the following link and mailed to your home in the event of an emergency.



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