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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.

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