COVID-19 and your Eyes

How does COVID-19 spread? Can the virus enter the eyes?

Yes, that is why you are advised to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially with unwashed hands. The virus is transmitted through contact with droplets that spread through the air and land on surfaces. Hence washing the hands thoroughly with soap and water at least for 20 seconds will help prevent infection.

Can COVID-19 cause eye problems?

Maybe, one of the rare symptoms of COVID-19 is conjunctivitis, which is characterized by eye redness, tearing, and itchiness. If you experience conjunctivitis along with other symptoms like fever, hacking cough and body malaise, call the nearest hospital or government helpline ( )to determine what to do next. Avoid self-medication!

Is it better to wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses?

Till the Corona pandemic outbreak is controlled, It is important to avoid touching your eyes to avoid the infection. Switching to eyeglasses helps prevent you from touching your eyes, which is common when you are putting your contact lenses in or removing them, or disinfecting them. If you need to wear contact lenses, make sure you practice good contact lens hygiene.

Do eyeglasses protect your eyes from COVID-19?

Wearing eyeglasses does not provide 100% protection. It only adds a layer of protection from droplets. Use protective goggles if you are caring for a sick or suspected COVID-19 patient.

What if I need to put in eyedrops?

Rubbing or touching your eyes puts you at risk of catching the infection. But if you need to use eye drops, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after putting in the eye drops.