Now is a time when people are all a lot more concerned with their health and the well-being of others. While you may be concerned with how you are feeling, you should also be paying attention to your vision and eyes, as well as how you are caring for them. During this pandemic, when the COVID-19 virus can transfer from person to person and you can get the virus from touching your face, including your eyes, mouth, and nose, it's especially important to watch how you care for your eyes. Read on for tips to care for your eyes and vision during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Wash Your Hands
This was always a rule, to wash your hands before you touch your eyes or touch your contact lenses, but it couldn't be more important today. Be sure you are washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap to remove germs and possibly the virus itself to prevent spreading this virus or other germs to your eyes. Other germs and bacteria can lead to an eye infection, which you also don't want to be dealing with right now.
2. Clean Your Contact Lenses And Glasses Properly
After you've washed your hands properly, you need to also remember to clean your contact lenses properly. Rub them in the palm of your clean hand using contact lens solution and rubbing it gently on each side to remove germs and dirt from the lenses as well. Clean your contact lenses before putting them in and after you've taken them out. Your eyeglasses should also be cleaned properly as well. Consider how often you touch your eyeglasses each day without clean hands. Germs can be on your eyeglasses, just lying in wait, and could cause an eye infection. Clean your eyeglasses with gentle soap and water, and use a microfiber cloth to dry them, or let them air dry and wipe away any water marks with your eyeglass lens cloth. You should clean your eyeglasses at least every couple of days.
3. Call Your Optometrist About Any Vision Issues
Call ahead to your optometrist about any vision concerns you may have, or if you have general questions about taking care of your eyes. During this time, your optometrist may have different procedures for coming into the office, so be sure to call ahead before heading down to your local optometrist's office. Be sure you call about any vision concerns to prevent them from worsening.
During this time, you may be concerned about a lot more things, but make sure you are thinking about your eyes. Make sure you are taking care of your health and are continuing to take care of your vision as well.
For more information, reach out to a local optometrist.