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Coronavirus And Your Eye Health

Dr. Lite is dedicated, above all, to the safety of our clients. 

We’re committed to keeping you healthy by staying informed on the progress of COVID-19 and keeping you updated on how to protect yourselves. 

As research rapidly grows, it’s becoming clear that our eyes may play an important role in the spread and prevention of this outbreak. 

Research on how Eye Health related to the Coronavirus starting when a Peking University physician, Wang Guangfa, contracted the illness after visiting Wuhan and stated that he believes he was infected through his eyes.

What is COVID-19?

According toJohns Hopkins Medicine, Covid-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged in December 2019. The rapid spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has sparked alarm worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared this rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising people to be prepared for disruptions to daily life that will be necessary if the coronavirus spreads within communities.

How is the new coronavirus related to your eyes?

We now know that patients who have contracted the new coronavirus have experienced ocular symptoms.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is an inflammation of the membrane covering the eyeball. Viral conjunctivitis is known to present with upper respiratory infections and may be a symptom of the COVID-19 virus.  

A recent study of hospitals across China, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine , found “conjunctival congestion” or red, infected eyes in 9 of 1,099 patients (0.8%) with a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus.

Additionally, when a sick person coughs or sneezes, virus particles can spray from their mouth or nose into another’s eyes, the same way these droplets can spray into another’s mouth.

Furthermore, you can become infected by touching something that has the virus on it and has not been sterilized — like a door handle — and then touching your eyes.

How can you cut your risk of contracting coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established a site with the most up to date information related to the corona virus outbreak which we are monitoring closely. 

With no current known cure, the major steps you can take to prevent becoming ill are similar to most contagious illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Work remotely if your job allows
  • Cover your mouth when you cough 
  • Use a tissue when you sneeze and immediately dispose of tissues in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect all services
  • Protect yourself with the right eyewear and make a conscious effort not to rub your eyes or touch your face

There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this evolving outbreak and information will be regularly updated to the CDC’s site as it becomes available.

If you suspect you may have conjunctivitis which could be an active symptom of the coronavirus, make an appointment with your eye doctor.

The team at Dr. Lite is wishing you all good health and peace of mind during this time. 

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