Proper Eye Care During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Proper Eye Care During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

We, at Bellevue Eye Specialists, know that these are tough times currently. We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy, safe, and happy despite the hard times. Here are some recommendations regarding proper eye care.

 

General Eye Care Recommendations

  1. Avoid touching/rubbing your eyes at this time.
  2. Try to stock up in eye medication and eye drops.
  3. Maintain proper social distancing standards such as standing at least 6 feet apart from others.
  4. If you are experiencing any sudden changes in vision such as flashes, floaters, loss in vision, etc.., please schedule an appointment as soon as possible with an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Contact Lens Wearers

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, contact lens at this time can put you at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 for the following reason….

  1. Contact lens wearers were found to touch their eyes more often than their glasses wearers’ counterparts in many research studies.
Contact lens, themselves, do not give you coronavirus, COVID-19. By proper handwashing or use of alcohol based sanitizer before putting on contact lens, you can reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 significantly. Similar with any other flu-like diseases, do not put on contact lens if you are not feeling well.
 

Wearing Masks & Glasses

Wearing a mask and a pair of glasses at the same time can be challenging due to the glasses fogging.

  1. To minimize fogging, make sure glasses are properly positioned on your face and on your nose. Try to rest your glasses on top of your mask to tightly seal the mask.
  2. Make sure your glasses are dry prior to wearing them to reduce fogging the lens.
  3. Make sure your mask is properly sealed to avoid droplet transmission and minimize fogging.
  4. Anti-fog solution is available for sale at our store and other retailers.

If you need any glasses adjustments, we at Bellevue Eye Specialists are more than willing to help you adjust your glasses properly. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

 

Cited Sources:

“Contact Lens Wear During COVID-19.” Contact Lens Wear During COVID-19 – American Optometric Association (AOA), www.aoa.org/covid-19-patient-resources/contact-lens-wear-during-covid-19.

“Eye Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic.” American Academy of Ophthalmology, 9 June 2020, www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/coronavirus-covid19-eye-infection-pinkeye.

Hazanchuk, Vered. “How to Wear a Face Mask Without Fogging Your Glasses.” American Academy of Ophthalmology, 22 May 2020, www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/face-mask-foggy-glasses-coronavirus-covid.