Medical & Surgical Ophthalmology

Eye care in times of Coronavirus

In this post we offer advice on how to protect and care for your eyes in times of coronavirus.

It has been almost two months since the first cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in our country. Since then, health professionals have been learning about and assessing the impact of this virus on the different aspects that affect health. From the ophthalmological point of view, Omiq considers it of interest to disseminate certain recommendations related to infection.

Protection ocular

Although the presence of COVID-19 in the ocular conjunctivae is rare, it has been scientifically documented and has been warned by the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology that this coronavirus can also be found in the ocular mucosa and not only in respiratory secretions as originally believed. For this reason, Omiq recommends the use of glasses – graduated or sunglasses – when going outdoors to protect ourselves and others from the spread of the coronavirus.

Contact lenses

It has not been proven that the use of contact lenses carries a higher risk of infection, but we advise a strict cleaning of hands before and after inserting them, since in doing so we touch the conjunctival mucosa. On the other hand, daily disposable contact lenses minimize eye contact.

Hygiene

In case of possible contact with affected persons, it is advisable to wash the eyes thoroughly to eliminate the possible presence of virus if we have touched them without realizing it.

For good eye hygiene we recommend using physiological saline solution or artificial tears applied with gauze. or wipes. We can also use natural remedies, such as infusions of chamomile.

The cleaning should include the eyes and all the surrounding area. In these times of confinement, if not necessary we advise avoiding the use of makeup to minimize contact with the skin. ocular. If we do, it is advisable to remove it with a tested and proven product. quality.

Conjunctivitis

And if signs of conjunctivitis are present after contact with a person affected by COVID-19, it is important to be vigilant for further symptoms. According to the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology, this manifestation can occur in almost 1% of patients with the disease.

Coronavirus conjunctivitis gets better with the use of topical anti-inflammatory drugs (corticosteroids or NSAIDs) and the application of the hygiene measures described in the previous section.

It should not be confused with allergic conjunctivitis, which is very common in spring. It is usually accompanied by sneezing, itching and runny nose, symptoms that are worse when outdoors and improve indoors.

Screens and teleworking

A collateral effect of the confinement situation is the increased exposure to television screens, computers, cell phones, and cell phones. tablets. Whether during teleworking hours or during leisure time, we advise you to take periodic breaks to relax and rest your eyes.

Electronic devices can cause eyestrain. We can minimize its impact by placing the computer at a distance of about 40 centimeters, tilting it to avoid reflections or lowering the brightness of the screen. We also recommend sunlight whenever possible, not to strain your eyes with the cell phone and avoid exposure to smoke, air conditioners and home heating, which can aggravate the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

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