Eye health experts and the American Academy of Ophthalmology to release temporary new guidance for how to care for eye health during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.
During this time of health crisis, eye care procedures may be delayed. It is recommended to only seek professional eye care if you have an urgent or emergency need. So, taking safety measures to protect your vision and maintain eye health at home is more important than ever.
How to protect your eyes during the covid-19 pandemic:
- If you wear contacts, switch to glasses for a while. While there’s not currently medical evidence that contacts can increase your risk of contracting coronavirus, it is true that contact lens wearers more frequently touch their eyes which is one way that coronavirus can be transmitted. Although they don’t provide 100% coverage, glasses can also act as a shield for your eyes against infected respiratory droplets in the air.
- If possible, stock up on your prescriptions for critical eye medicine. This will ensure you have the supply you need in case you are quarantined for longer than anticipated or if supplies become depleted or limited.
- Avoid touching your eyes. Since coronavirus can be transmitted by touching your face and eyes, it’s important to avoid the urge to rub your eyes. If you have dry, itchy eyes consider adding moisturizing drops to your eye care routine. Even if touching your eyes to put in eye drops, make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water before and after administering the drops.
- Practice social distancing – and that includes from your eye health provider, unless you have an emergent need. You can find the latest guidance on social distancing and safe hygiene from the CDC on their website.
The AAO also offers several resources for treating eye problems at home and staying safe around the house. You can check them out here:
April 2020 – Until further notice, ReFocus Eye Health is following the recommendations of the CDC, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and state government orders in our care for our patients. At this time our offices are open, but we will only be seeing patients with urgent needs. Please call your doctor directly if you have questions about whether or not your need is emergent.
Look to the future – give us a call to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you when it is safe to do so!
As the current health crisis subsides in the coming weeks and months, we want to encourage everyone to continue to make their overall health their first priority. That includes regular examinations and moving forward with recommended treatments for eye conditions. As soon as we are safely able to, we will reopen our doors to all patients.