The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made people really careful about their health. The virus that began in China in December 2019 has now spread to almost every corner of the world. The number of confirmed cases in the world has crossed 3 million. Moreover, the virus has claimed more than 213,000 lives across the globe.
People all over the world are rethinking their habits. They are being forced to change their habits to protect themselves from the virus, keeping in mind the ways it can enter someone’s system.
Coronavirus spreads through droplets emitted by an infected person while sneezing or coughing. If these droplets land on someone’s eyes, nose or mouth, they can get infected with the virus. Moreover, if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth after coming in contact with an infected person, they can get infected.
Thus, taking care of your eyes is an important aspect of protecting yourself from COVID-19.
Let’s find out how to do that.
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HOW CAN I TAKE CARE OF MY EYES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?
The simple way to do so is by avoiding touching your eyes and keeping them clean. You can do this by –
- Avoid itching and rubbing eyes
- Wash with warm water and dry in case of irritation
- Switch to spectacles if possible
- Do not keep touching the glasses
- Use a small amount of any mild disinfectant (dishwashing liquid or rubbing alcohol) to clean frame
- Do not use clothes or random cloth to clean the spectacles
- Avoid sharing spectacles
- Use a natural tear eye drop solution to help with irritated or dry eyes
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However, avoiding eye-touching is a little bit difficult for people who wear contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses –
- Ensure that the lens case is cleaned properly
- Wash hands thoroughly before wearing and removing the lens.
- Keep the lens solution and lens case in a clean and safe place.
- If possible, wear daily disposable lenses
- Change lens solution daily for monthly and bi-weekly lenses
- Avoid travelling with lens kit