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Coronavirus and The Eyes

2020-03-28 00:00:00Z

Coronavirus and The Eyes in Fairfax, VA

An anecdotal report reveals that coronavirus has another possible transmission aside from droplets produced from coughing and sneezing. It suggests that transmission via aerosol contact with conjunctiva is plausible. In this respect, they interpret that those who traveled overseas and affected local regions with active outbreaks or a relative that just returned more likely carry the disease.

How can it be transmitted?

As stated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets generated by an infected person by coughing or sneezing. However, it can also be transmitted by touching a contaminated object where the virus is present and then touch the nose, mouth, and eyes.

"SARS-Cov-2" the recent coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19 usually manifests as common flu to a more serious condition. Those with the positive cases of the disease often show the following signs and symptoms - fever, cough or shortness of breath. However, some reports prompt that the virus can also conjunctivitis and it can be transmitted through aerosol contact with the conjunctiva. Patients with conjunctivitis who have recently traveled to places with reported outbreaks are suspected to have carried the virus.

Unfortunately, as of now, there is no specific cure or treatment for the disease. Although some known anti-viral drugs are now being tested and have shown efficacy. The US government has yet to confirm these findings and make a formal announcement. However, many supportive treatments are now applied to relieve the symptoms and improve the prognosis of those infected.

How to protect yourself?

  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently
  • Apply an antiseptic solution to your hands every after you hold anything outside your home
  • Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or sneezing
  • Put social distancing into action by maintaining a 1-meter distance from other people
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and wash your hands thereafter
  • Seek medical attention when you have a recent travel history and manifested the signs and symptoms

Recommendations from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

  • The institution recommends postponing any elective visits or surgery
  • In case your case is urgent and you have the symptoms, the patient can expect to answer a couple of additional questions about your seasonal health when you call to schedule an appointment or when we call to confirm your appointment.

Contact VisualEyes Optometrists for clinic updates and appointments.

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