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Can Covid-19 affect our eyes?

We are still in a health war. Covid-19 is still rife across the world, and even though in Mauritius we have no new cases, caution is in order. What about our eyes? Does Covid-19 have an impact on our eye organs? We tell you everything in this article…


The Covid-19, all about the virus


The Coronavirus most often reveals itself through mild symptoms, such as a common cold, but it can also cause more serious problems, such as a difficulty in breathing, which can sometimes result in a hospitalization. It may also not generate any symptoms, but the risk of contamination is just as high. People with weaker immune systems, such as seniors, are most at risk.


Coronavirus, what about our eyes?


Covid-19 can actually cause eye problems. Note that the virus can be transmitted through the eye via droplets. The eyes are therefore a gateway for Covid-19 as for other viruses usually in circulation. So avoid rubbing your eyes or manipulating your eyelids unnecessarily.


In 1 to 3% of Covid-19 patients studied during the outbreak in China, moderate viral conjunctivitis has been reported. People who suffer from it present symptoms like rosy, watery and uncomfortable eyes. Conjunctivitis caused by Covid-19 can be treated within days. So the virus is not harmful to our eyes.


The inflammation can last 10 to 20 days after the onset of the first symptoms related to Covid-19. In more rare cases, the cornea is also affected: this is called keratoconjunctivitis.


Protecting yourself against the Covid-19 virus


Here are some great tips:


1 / Practice social distancing

2 / Wash your hands often

3 / Avoid touching your face

4 / Wear a mask

5 / If reusable lenses must be worn, use only the cleaning products recommended by your eye care professional.


Also note that if you wear glasses that do not fit your face, the chances that you touch your eyes are much higher. So, go to one of our branches to have your eyeglasses or sunglasses adjusted.



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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Exposure to screens during lockdown, 3 tips to protect your eyes

We are in a health war. Covid-19 got the better of us and we’ve been in containment since March 18. Mauritians are increasingly exposing themselves to screens, which is quite understandable. We spend more than 5 hours a day in front of a screen, and since confinement this trend has increased considerably. Whether for teleworking, watching a film or strolling on social networks, screens are becoming our daily life. So is there a risk to our eyes? How to take care of this vital organ during confinement? We tell you everything in this article…


Lockdown, don’t stay long hours in front of your screens


We advise you to:

  • Take breaks. “20 seconds every 20 minutes,” says ASNAV is enough;
  • It is enough to blink regularly. This will activate the Meibomian glands at the edge of your eyelids and allow the eyes to stay moist;
  • Rest your nervous systems by placing your palms on your eyelids;
  • Do visual rehabilitation exercises.


Eye health, reduce eyestrain


Visual fatigue causes many ailments, including red eyes, headaches, dry eyes or watery eyes. In order to avoid these harmful effects of blue light, here is what you should do:


  • Adjust the contrast and intensity of your screen;
  • Wear blue light glasses;
  • Adjust the position of your screen;
  • Keep a distance of at least 50cm from your computer.


Plan activities


Certainly confinement called watching a good movie, spending time on Facebook. But why not favor other activities? Particularly board games, cooking, baking can also be very good activities.


Blue lightcan have a bad effect on your eyes, it’s all about knowing how to protect yourself with these few little tips to use every day.


Take care of yourself and above all, stay at home!

Coronavirus, how to take care of your eyes during this confinement period?

We are currently lockdown. We would like to salute the hospital staff and all those who find themselves working so that the Covid-19 does not spread.


Besides, it is strictly forbidden to go out under penalty of having to pay a fine or even ending up in a cell. Go out only to go to the pharmacy or for other very urgent things!


If you are sick, or think you have contracted the virus, do not go out! You must call the number available to you for a qualified team to take care of you.



To contribute to this national appeal, here is how to protect your eyes in this period of crisis:


It is perfectly normal to want to spend time watching television, consulting your laptop or being at your computer. Not to mention the video calls to reach relatives, also confined to the house and therefore available for a conversation. Not to mention the video calls to reach relatives, also confined to the house and therefore available for a conversation. Here are some activities to do during this confinement period:


  • Favor board games
  • story telling
  • Coloring or painting


In fact, too many screens during the confinement period also result in tired eyes, red eyes or even headaches. If you have no other choice, if you are working from home for example, we advise you to:


  • Wear blue light glasses
  • Lower the brightness of your screens
  • Take breaks every two hours. Remember to take breaks regularly while playing the 20/20 game: look away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.


When we spend more time indoors, we demand more of our near vision. It is one of the factors for the development of myopia in children. To limit the development of myopia in children and preserve their visual health in the long term, the ideal is of course to encourage outdoor activities. In addition, children will be able to fill up with vitamin D favorable for good eye health.


Simple steps to protect your health and that of those around you

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough or sneeze into the elbow or into a tissue
  • Use and dispose of single-use tissues
  • Greet without shaking hands, no hugs


Also note that the mask to protect yourself from the virus is only effective at around 75%. Why ? Only the nose and mouth are protected and not the eyes! It is therefore also essential to protect your eyes with a few simple gestures,


  • Avoid touching your eyes;
  • Clean your glasses with the lens cleaner;
  • Cover your eyes, if possible, when you go out.


COVID-19 can then be contracted if you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Covid-19 can also be spread through the eye secretions of someone infected with the virus. So be very careful.


What are the symptoms of Covid-19?


Affected individuals may experience the following symptoms:

  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • fever
  • breathing difficulties (severe cases)


Also note that some researchers have revealed another symptom, conjunctivitis. This is what the American Academy of Ophthalmology said in a statement. The coronavirus could therefore cause this inflammation of the eye, and can be transmitted by aerosol contact with the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids.


Patel Optics wholeheartedly supports those affected by this disease, as well as their loved ones.

Conjunctivitis, a new symptom of COVID-19?

As you probably know, COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus. This is the abridged version of “coronavirus disease 2019” or maladie à coronavirus 2019 in French. COVID-19 is associated with several symptoms, and more recently, some researchers have discovered that conjunctivitis can be a symptom of COVID-19. We tell you everything in this article…


COVID-19 and conjunctivitis, what should you know?


This new variant of the coronavirus, COVID-19, has symptoms similar to the flu, including a dry cough or increased fatigue. Some researchers have however revealed another symptom, conjunctivitis. This is what the American Academy of Ophthalmology said in a statement. The coronavirus could therefore cause this inflammation of the eye, and be transmitted by aerosol contact with the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids.


Coronavirus found in ocular secretions


According to numerous analyzes carried out in China after the appearance of COVID-19, researchers have found traces of the virus in ocular secretions. These statements are based on two recent studies on the subject. The first, published in the Journal of Medical Virology, was conducted on 30 patients with COVID-19 hospitalized in China. One of the patients had conjunctivitis. The second, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was conducted on 1,009 Chinese patients affected by the coronavirus and 9 of them suffered from conjunctivitis.


COVID-19 prevention


Diseases related to the new coronavirus can develop very differently. For example, some people have mild symptoms and barely notice they are sick. Others need intensive care in the hospital. So if you have any of these symptoms, go to the hospital immediately for immediate treatment. Note also that conjunctivitis remains a fairly rare symptom, but vigilance is required.


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