It’s more important than ever to pay attention to your eyes. The coronavirus – and any type of virus particle – can enter your body through your eyes. This can occur when you touch a surface that has been contaminated by the virus (through an infected person’s coughing, sneezing, tears, etc.) and then touch your eyes.
If you like to wear contact lenses, you may be at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 simply because you may touch your eyes more often than the average person. Unless you are extremely diligent about washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before you mess with your contact lenses, it may be smart to stop wearing contacts until this situation is under control. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is recommending this course of action for a while.
Switching to eyeglasses may actually provide a layer of protection between flying virus particles and entry into your eyes. Of course, this is not a foolproof option for protecting you against getting a virus, but glasses may prevent you from rubbing your eyes out of force of habit.
It’s also possible that you will develop red, itchy eyes due to seasonal allergies. Please avoid rubbing your irritated eyes so you don’t put yourself at greater risk. You may want to stock up on moisturizing eye drops to keep your eyes hydrated and comfortable.
Red, itchy eyes may also be a sign that you have an eye infection called conjunctivitis (pink eye), a condition that can be caused by COVID-19 (although this is uncommon). If you also have a fever and cough along with these symptoms, alert your doctor to see if you should have a coronavirus test.
If you are experiencing any eye irritation, contact Rosenbaum Eye & Laser Center at 517-393-2020. Stay healthy!