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Eye health and Covid-19, how to determine the true from the false?

Following the pandemic which has just affected the whole world and which is still wreaking havoc in many countries, myths and hearsay are becoming very recurrent. So what should you know about Covid-19 and eye health? Today we’re answering the most frequently asked questions!


It is advisable not to touch your eyes, mouth and nose. What if you wear contact lenses or eyeglasses?


It is strongly advised not to touch your face, and if you wear glasses or contact lenses, it is hardly possible not to do so. So it is best to wash your hands for 20 seconds, as recommended by the WHO, before touching your face. Hygiene is the watchword here.


Do you have to wear gloves when putting on your contact lenses?


If you follow all the required hygiene rules, it is not necessary to wear gloves. In fact, putting on and taking off contact lenses with gloves is very difficult.


Should you prefer the wearing of prescription glasses to contact lenses?


The risk of contracting the virus via the eyes is there. However, wearing contact lenses is still possible if you apply yourself with regard to hygiene rules.


Do eye drops attract Covid-19?


This is not true, and by the way if you have been using eye drops well before the pandemic, it is strongly advised that you continue to do so. Don’t do anything that might cause your eyes to dry out or increase irritation – it might cause you to accidentally rub your eyes with unwashed hands.


Will glasses offer the same protection as medical PPE glasses?


There is no evidence that a pair of glasses or sunglasses offers protection against viral transmission.


Are red or pink eyes a symptom of Coronavirus?


Red or pink eyes are symptoms of conjunctivitis. Your best bet is to consult. We also invite you to read more about conjunctivitis and Covid-19 here > https://pateloptics.com/2020/03/17/conjonctivite-un-nouveau-symptome-du-covid-19/?lang=fr


Here are our tips:


1 / Wash your hands regularly with soap and water;

2 / Use hydro-alcoholic gel to disinfect your hands, but not before wearing your contact lenses;

3 / Avoid touching your face;

4 / Do not rub your eyes;

5 / If you wear contact lenses, pay close attention to your hygiene;

6 / Disinfect your glasses regularly.


Still have questions about the eye and their health? Come visit us in one of our branches, our team will be happy to answer you.

Covid 19, is it better to use glasses or contact lenses?

Contact lenses or glasses

If there’s one thing everyone has learned by heart over the past few weeks, it’s to wash our hands regularly, with soap and water. In these times when any action involving manipulation with the hands is scary, is it advisable to wear contact lenses? Or on the contrary, would it be safer to opt for glasses … Here is what our professionals recommend.

The risks of infection from wearing contact lenses

The virus can enter through the nose, eyes and mouth. While wearing masks limits the risk of bacteria being transmitted through the nose and mouth, the eyes are still fairly exposed. The fact that contact lens wearers have to handle the lenses before inserting them into the eyes actually increases the risk of infection. However, any contact lens wearer also knows that the basic rules always start with impeccable hand hygiene.

Inserting the lenses in 4 steps

Pandemic or not, the first step is to wash your hands well, for at least 30 seconds, preferably with antibacterial soap. It will then be necessary to dry them well. To avoid any confusion, always start with the same eye. Check that the lens, which you have would have soaked in its solution before, is in place (in the form of a bowl) before placing it on the tip of the index finger. With the same hand, pull the lower eyelid with your middle finger and the upper eyelid with the other hand. Gently release your eyelids and close your eyes for a few seconds to let the lens take its place. This procedure will help you take good care of your lenses and eyes.

What about wearing glasses in all of this?

Of course, glasses remain a simpler and faster option. However, like any surface, glasses should also be regularly cleaned. In fact, find some tips against fog on the lenses here: https://pateloptics.com/2020/05/21/masque-de-protection-comment-eviter-la-buee-sur-les-lunettes/?lang=fr. Preferably, opt for soapy water (even dish soap) for the cleaning The oily film left on it will cause the steam to glide over for a few hours.

If the lenses offer a better field of vision, they also require a lot of meticulousness while handling. In the end, whether you opt for lenses or glasses, you will have to follow the precise procedures for their maintenance.

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Patel Optics, tailor-made services

Patel Optics is the Number 1 optician in Mauritius, whether for quality frames or sunglasses or for an eye exam, we promise to give you the best service possible. Discover our tailor-made services.


An eye exam at Patel Optics


Eye exams are used to determine a person’s visual acuity for each eye. Therefore, to know if the vision is correct, from near and far. The tests are done using white visual acuity tables with black letters and numbers or with opening rings decreasing in size from top to bottom which will be placed in front of the eye. An eye exam at Patel Optics takes an average of 10 to 20 minutes and can be done as from 4 years old. The tests will also include:


  • Studies of your genes and your visual needs: reading, computer, distance, driving.
  • Optometry exam and your binocular vision.
  • Determination of your optimal prescription according to your specific needs.
  • Discussion on the additional equipment needed: sunglasses, computer glasses.
  • Eye motility check
  • Eye health check.


Pathology screening


With age and aging, eye diseasesare more and more present, which is why screening for pathology is important, especially if there is a history of eye diseases in the family. This examination therefore helps to prevent eye diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. It is however important not to confuse visual defects and ocular pathologies. Thanks to pathology screening at Patel Optics, our specialists will be able to:


  • Screening for cataracts
  • Measure eye pressure (glaucoma screening)
  • Observe your retina under the microscope or by camera (glaucomascreening, macular degeneration, diabetic or hypertensive retinopathy, etc.)
  • Screen for Keratoconus
  • Take a color test: Ishihara test


An eye exam is also important because it will determine if you have cataracts, retinal or corneal disease, or glaucoma.


Visual rehabilitation in children


Children’s eyes do not develop at the same frequency as those of adults. The goal is to detect strabismus which is a lack of parallelism of the visual axes or to reduce visual fatigue by increasing muscle capacity and elasticity. Exercises should therefore be performed during the sessions as well as between sessions. Better results are seen in children and young adults.


  • Quantity: between 3 and 8 sessions depending on the problem
  • Frequencies: every 6 months if necessary
  • Treatment for: strabismus, visual fatigue, lack of concentration, itchy, watery eyes, headaches.


Repair and adjustment of your frames


Our team is at your disposal for any adjustment and repair work on your frames. We offer these services on site and without an appointment and in addition cleaning is free. Do not hesitate to visit one of our branches, including Triolet, Port Louis, Beau Bassin and Rose Hill. In serious cases, our professionals will guide you and offer you the possible options. We also assure you that your request will be processed as quickly as possible.


Trust us and contact us to take advantage of our tailor-made services. Patel Optics is also the benchmark in eyewear and ophthalmology. A dedicated and qualified team will be at your disposal.

Yeux des nourrissons, comment en prendre soin ?

Un bébé n’est pas aveugle à la naissance, il ne voit simplement pas bien de loin. C’est tout à fait normal car la vue est le dernier sens qui se développe chez un nourrisson. Ce dernier n’apercevra les lumières très vives qu’à son septième mois. Prendre soin de ses yeux ne peut être pris à la légère.


Nettoyer soigneusement les yeux d’un bébé


Lors du nettoyage des yeux d’un nourrisson, la vigilance est de mise. Effectivement, vous devrez veiller à ce qu’aucune impureté ne soit dirigée vers l’œil. Sachez aussi que les bébés produisent beaucoup plus de mucosités que les adultes, et c’est pourquoi il est nécessaire de nettoyer leurs petits yeux au réveil.


Comment nettoyer les yeux des bébés ?


Il est nécessaire de nettoyer les yeux des bébés régulièrement, de l’intérieur des yeux, vers l’extérieur pour déplacer les impuretés vers l’extérieur. Munissez-vous d’un coton tige, ou d’un disque de coton imbibé de sérum physiologique. Essuyez légèrement l’œil pour enlever toutes les mucosités. Ce geste est nécessaire afin d’éviter toutes infections oculaires. Mais attention, il vous faut utiliser une compresse par œil.


Protection et prévention


N’ayez crainte, les yeux des nourrissons ne sont pas aussi fragiles qu’on le pense car l’iris est très bien protégé par une membrane qui laisse pénétrer que très peu de lumière. Ce n’est que vers son troisième ou quatrième mois que cette membrane commence à disparaitre et où il est nécessaire de faire très attention. Il est conseillé de ne pas les exposer à des lumières trop fortes en utilisant par exemple une casquette, une visière ou encore des lunettes de soleil pour bébé.


Côté alimentation, que faut-il faire ?


Le lait est l’aliment principal d’un bébé, et convient parfaitement au bon développement de l’enfant sur le plan visuel. Quand l’enfant sera prêt pour la diversification, assurez-vous de lui fournir des aliments riches en :


  • Oméga 3, surtout le DHA qui est important pour la fonction visuelle pour capter la lumière au fond de l’œil. Vous retrouverez l’oméga 3 dans les sardines, le poisson ou les anchois.
  • Caroténoïdes pour avoir une bonne vision centrale et périphérique ou encore pour bien distinguer les contrastes. Vous pourrez le retrouver dans les épinards, les brocolis ou encore le chou frisé.


Soyez vigilant et n’hésitez pas à consulter si votre nourrisson est incapable de fixer son regard vers ses 2 mois, ou encore s’il présente des signes de strabisme. Rendez-vous à l’une de nos succursales pour profiter de l’expertise et du professionnalisme de notre équipe.

Santé des yeux, les aliments à privilégier

La santé des yeux est très importante, car c’est l’un des organes les plus importants du corps humain. Boire suffisamment d’eau, manger des fruits et légumes sont des habitudes que nous connaissons et que nous pratiquons tous les jours. Mais qu’en est-il des aliments à privilégier pour entretenir la vue et préserver notre santé oculaire ?


Privilégiez les aliments riches en lutéine, en zéaxanthine et en vitamine C


La lutéine et le zéaxanthine sont des pigments qui donnent aux aliments leur couleur. Il a été révélé que ces derniers auraient des effets non négligeables sur la vue. Ils ralentissent la progression de certaines maladies oculaires comme la dégénérescence maculaire liée à l’âge ou encore la cataracte et filtrent aussi la lumière bleue. Les bienfaits de la vitamine C sont très connus, elle permet de ralentir la progression de la cataracte, de la DMLA et de la perte de l’acuité visuelle. Consommez donc des oranges et des légumes verts comme le chou frisé ou encore les épinards.


La vitamine A et le bêta-carotène


Les aliments riches en vitamine A et en bêta-carotène sont les légumes orangés comme la patate douce, la carotte ou encore les épinards. Ces derniers aident au bon fonctionnement de la rétine, aident à l’adaptation de l’œil en obscurité. Des études ont aussi démontré que les aliments riches en vitamine A et en bêta-carotène diminuent les risques de contracter les maladies visuelles liées à l’âge.


Le zinc et l’oméga 3


Le zinc est un facteur clé pour la production de mélanine, important pour la protection des yeux. D’autre part, si vous souffrez de carence en oméga3, vous risquez de plus de souffrir de maladies visuelles comme l’œil sec ou la DMLA. Les aliments riches en zinc sont la viande rouge (bœuf, veau, gibier), le poulet, les huitres ou encore les germes de blé ou les graines de sésame.


Consommer ces aliments le plus souvent possible vous promet une bonne santé visuelle. Par ailleurs, si vous souhaitez avoir l’avis d’un professionnel sur la santé de vos yeux, rendez-vous à l’une de nos succursales, à Rose Hill, Triolet, Beau Bassin et prochainement à Port Louis.

Eye health, the foods to focus on  

Eye health is very important because it is one of the most important organs of the human body. Drinking enough water, eating fruits and vegetables are habits that we know and practice every day. But what about the foods to favor to maintain the sight and preserve our eye health?

Focus on foods rich in lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin C

Lutein and zeaxanthin are pigments that give food their color. It was revealed that the latter would have significant effects on sight. They slow the progression of certain ocular diseases such as age-related macular degeneration or cataract and also filter blue light. The benefits of vitamin C are well known, it slows the progression of cataracts, AMD and loss of visual acuity. So eat oranges and green vegetables like kale or spinach.

Vitamin A and beta-carotene

Foods rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene are orange vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and spinach. These help the functioning of the retina, help the adaptation of the eye in darkness. Studies have also shown that foods rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene reduce the risk of contracting age-related visual diseases.

Zinc and Omega 3

Zinc is a key factor for the production of melanin, important for eye protection. On the other hand, if you suffer from omega 3 deficiency, you also risk suffering from visual diseases such as dry eye or AMD. Foods rich in zinc are red meat (beef, veal, game), chicken, oysters, wheat germ or sesame seeds.
Consuming these foods as often as possible promises good visual health. Moreover, if you want to have the opinion of a professional on the health of your eyes, go to one of our branches, in Rose Hill, Triolet, Beau Bassin and soon in Port Louis.

Baby’s eyes, how to take care of them ?

A baby is not blind at birth, he does not see well from a distance. It’s quite normal because the sight is the last sense that develops in an infant. The latter will not notice the bright lights until his seventh month. Taking care of his eyes can not be taken lightly.

Carefully clean the eyes of a baby

When cleaning the eyes of an infant, vigilance is required. Indeed, you must ensure that no impurity is directed to the eye. Be aware that babies produce a lot more phlegm than adults, which is why it is necessary to clean their eyes when they wake up.

How to clean the eyes of babies?

It is necessary to clean the baby’s eyes regularly, from the inside of the eyes, to the outside to move the impurities outward. Take a cotton swab, or a cotton disc soaked in saline. Lightly wipe the eye to remove any phlegm. This action is necessary to avoid any eye infections. But be careful, you have to use one compress per eye.

Protection and prevention

Do not worry, the eyes of infants are not as fragile as you think because the iris is very well protected by a membrane that allows the penetration of very little light. It is only towards the third or fourth month that this membrane begins to disappear and where it is necessary to be very careful. It is advisable not to expose them to too strong lights by using for example a cap, a visor or even sunglasses for baby.

Food, what should be consume ?

Milk is the main food of a baby, and is ideal for the child’s healthy development. When the child is ready for diversification, be sure to provide him with foods rich in:
Omega 3, especially DHA which is important for the visual function to capture light in the back of the eye. You will find omega 3 in sardines, fish or anchovies.
Carotenoids for good central and peripheral vision or to distinguish contrasts. You can find it in spinach, broccoli or kale.
Be vigilant and do not hesitate to consult if your infant is unable to fix his eyes towards his 2 months, or if he shows signs of strabismus. Visit one of our branches to benefit from the expertise and professionalism of our team.