How to protect your eyes during the coronavirus outbreak
We are facing uncertain times during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Aiken Ophthalmology is here to offer advice on simple steps you can take to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus. As the CDC has stated, it is very important to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face – including mouth, nose and eyes.
As a general best practice, individuals who typically wear contact lenses may want to wear their glasses instead, as this will reduce the need for eye touching and rubbing. Though glasses don’t necessarily provide a barrier of protection from the virus, wearing frames instead of contact lenses will keep your eyes properly lubricated and reduce the need for contact with your hands.
As you disinfect frequently touched surfaces, don’t forget about your glasses! Give your frames a thorough cleaning, and do not just rely on eyeglass cleaner during this time. Simply follow these steps:
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- Rinse both sides of your lenses with lukewarm water
- Apply a small drop of dishwashing liquid to the lens
- Rub both sides of the lens for a few seconds, then rinse thoroughly
- Shake off excess water and dry completely with a lint-free towel
Do not use household cleaners or disinfecting sprays to clean your lenses, because they might cause irritation to your eyes and damage the lens coating.
If you have questions about how to best protect your eyes or care for your eyewear, we would be happy to help. Give us a call at (803) 642-6060.