It has been five months since the COVID-19 rattled the world and still, there is no cure or fall in cases. We all know the basic precautions and symptoms of the coronavirus but still, the numbers are multiplying. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation provides certain guidelines and preventive measures as well as dismisses rumors and fake information about coronavirus. Ophthalmologists are concerned that people don’t know certain important things about the virus and most of them do not follow the guidelines correctly.
Here are six things ophthalmologist wants you to know about coronavirus:
Stop touching your eyes and face
We all have heard the importance of coughing and sneezing in the elbow and hand washing, but one of the most important steps to take is to not touch the eye and face. This is because droplets can easily enter inside the body via eyes and face when we touch contaminated surfaces. Also people wearing contact lenses should prefer wearing glasses for time being as it can stop you from touching your eye again and again.
The pink eye is a rare symptom of COVID-19
Pink eye or conjunctivitis is a rare symptom of COVID-19 but if you get it there is no need to panic especially if you don’t have other symptoms. Conjunctivitis is common since it is the allergy season.
The drugs used for treatment cannot cause permanent retinal damage
Patients with coronavirus receive a double dosage of some drugs such as hydroxychloroquine to treat autoimmune conditions. Unless you have a history of retinal disease or are older than 50, there is almost zero chance of you going blind.
Critical medications should also be available and taken
If you’re taking medicated eye drops or other medical medications that you can’t or shouldn’t go without, make sure you’ve got enough to get through if you’re quarantined or supplies are getting limited. Using benefits, the ophthalmologist or pharmacist can be able to help get approval.
There is no need to visit your eye doctor unless it’s urgent
Most of the ophthalmologists are performing emergency care only now to keep patients healthy and save much-needed medical supplies. So, first, call your doctor to discuss your problem and your treatment. Home remedies should be used for nonurgent problems such as dry eye, eye strain, or red-eye.
Along with this information, people should maintain good hygiene and practice social distancing and be careful with your eyes. These are things ophthalmologist wants you to know about coronavirus