Eye protection from corona virus
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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