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Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Zeiss Safety Guidelines to keep yourself healthy and safe

In the current Covid-19 scenario, one of the most crucial thing that everyone need to consider is when you want to reopen your business by prioritizing your patients and staff’s safety from the Coronavirus. Everyone should pay attention about hygiene no matter where you are, even though some are still not aware on the consequences of the virus transmission. In today’s topic, we are here to explain on Zeiss guidelines to keep yourself healthy and safe when you start back your business. Staying hygienic and following the recommended safety guidelines by Ministry of Health are essential to ensure all of us are staying healthy.

Here are some information on how to apply safety guidelines when we resume back our business so that patients and staffs could feel safe by reducing the risk of getting infections in this Covid-19 crisis.

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Eye Examination using Slit Lamp with safety shield

First of all, creating a piece of mind to your patients once they step in your premise is important. Psychologically, you can comfort your patients by practicing hygienic workflow such as disinfecting the outlet, checking patients body temperature, recommend to use hand sanitizer, control their movements, disinfect the frames, clean the trial frames, clean the slit lamp before and after using it and consider the distances between each work stations.

Important steps to follow when you are in the shop

We have to assure that patients feel safe and comfortable while they are in the eye care practice. Before re-opening your practices, make sure schedule a meeting to set a daily workflow with new guidelines and protocols which enhance more on cleaning and sanitizations. Patients are best recommended to book an appointment before drop by to your premise to control the crowd. Make sure everyone wears a mask and sanitize their hand before step in.

3 basic steps to follow to prevent from the spread of Coronavirus

Reinforce the protocols with visible signs and posters to ease your patients understanding regarding the current situation. Allow some time to clean the premise before and after each patient left. Increase routine disinfection on frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, chairs, frames, switch lights, eye care tools or instruments, and keyboards. Prepare your practice everyday by disinfecting the hard surfaces in the morning, midday and evening and as well as if there is any encounter with that surfaces.

You can email your patients or explain them if they have any doubts on your current operating system during this Covid-19 situation on what they can expect once there are in the shop.

FAQ*

What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Cleaning usually done to impurify the surfaces using soap and water to remove the germs and dirts. Germs are killed by disinfection process. By cleaning germs on a dirty surface, it can further lower the risk of infection to spread with disinfection.

What is routine cleaning? How frequently we should do cleaning to reduce the potential spread of Coronavirus?

Routine cleaning is an everyday process to keep our surrounding environment healthy. Surfaces that always touched by multiple people in a day should be cleaned frequently.

Do not forget to book an appointment with us today. We as an eye care professionals, always feel grateful to assist you.

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Use spectacles during COVID-19

Eye Infection – Prevention during COVID-19

During the pandemic coronavirus outbreak, eye infection- prevention during COVID-19 is very important. Thus, it is best to give some attention to latest updates about the ‘Do’ and ‘Don’t health advice’s from the experts. For those who uses glasses, you should be aware that using spectacles during COVID-19 may less prone to be infected, ‘IF’ you strictly follow certain recommendations based from the front-liners.

Using spectacles during COVID-19
Source : How to use disinfectants to clean eyeglasses in the pandemic of coronavirus, Halinah Tseng, March 14

That’s because using spectacles may stop you from touching your eyes frequently compared to contact lenses. One of the most important steps that we should do is to wash our hands thoroughly to avoid harmful transmission of germs. In our routine basis activities, we might start touching things that could stained with germs and some of us may forgotten to wash our hands. Remember if we are spectacle user, it will always remain on our face even though we wear masks on.

Human hands with germs
Human hand with germs

What could happen next is, we might touch our face, put fingers in our nose rub our eyes with those hands. We should remember that eye infection- prevention during COVID-19 Pandamic is mainly focused on hands where it is the main pathway for germs transmission. For an example, try not to lift up your spectacles and rub your eyes if you felt your hands are not clean. When our eyes get tired after a long hours reading or televised, most of us would try to rub our eyes or wipe our face using hands which sometimes not as clean as you think.

Do not rub your eyes
Do not rub your eyes

Besides, using spectacles during COVID-19 may be a little bit protective from the floating virus particles in the air although it may more likely to infected through mouth and nose faster. However it also prevents water droplets to enter in our eyes. Add on, not to forget to maintain your hygienic with any material or things that you could probably use around your face everyday as it could reduce the risk of infections as well.

We may avoid ourselves from being one of the victim if we manage to follow certain protocols which has been recommended by WHO and eye care practitioners. Since there are some useful steps and precautions can be taken protect ourselves, we should frequently follow it to reduce health risks. For more information, please find your best optometrist in KL.

Steps to prevent infections from COVID-19

Recently, all of us were keep monitoring the largest outbreak of respiratory disease which was caused by the novel coronavirus. According to WHO (World Health Organization- 2020), Coronaviruses (CoV) or also known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) are from a large virus family, which causes sickness ranging from the common cold to more early encountered severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Since it been a cause to feel anxious, most of the common public or hospitalized patient encounter many doubts on how to control the dangerous viruses from being circulate. Applying the best incorporated health-care protocols in routine life is the most simplest way to prevent infections from spreading around.

Standard recommendations to prevent our-self from getting infected is by washing our hands, covering mouth and nose using clean mask when coughing or sneezing, reducing raw food intakes or cook meet and eggs thoroughly. But we as an optometrist, there are few more detailed protocols that always been suggested by the clinical experts to be incorporated by the eye care practitioners.

General disinfections was concered as:

  • Use isopropyl alcohol (IPA min 70%) regularly or after each use at common contact areas such as mirrors, door handles, spectacle frames, showcases, servicing tools that always comes into contact of nosepads.
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70% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Wash hand with anti-bacterial soup regularly before and after serve each client/patient and dry hands completely with disposable tissue
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During Eye Examination:

  • Trial frames, forehead rests, chin rests and handlebars should be cleaned with disinfecting spray or IPA after each patient.
  • Use face masks when in close contact with patient
  • Wash hands with anti-bacterial soap and dry it with clean tower/tissue paper before and after contact lens fitting
  • Disinfect trial lenses before and after eye examination.
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Clean trial lens and trial frame set

History/Contact Tracing

  • Prior to a comprehensive eye examination, ask patient if they have any history of travelling to overseas within the past 14 days. If so. do take note of their name , contact details and which country they have been to
  • Get some health information related to symptoms like fever,cough, runny nose and sore throat. Patients are suggested to consult medical doctors if symptomatic and reschedule appointment to check eyes.

Maintaining a good environment and clean surroundings is always mandatory to everyone to make sure healthy lifestyle is maintained.

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