Staying Healthy During Quarantine Includes Caring For Your Eyes
In mid-April, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) officially confirmed that Coronavirus can be transmitted through your eyes. Many people, especially those working in the healthcare field, then began wearing eye shields and other protective eye masks.
It is also important to remember prevention tactics you can do to protect yourself while in quarantine. Below we have outlined some other ways to reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19 while caring for your eyes at home.
Keeping Your Glasses Clean and Sanitized
If you wear glasses for vision correction you have the added benefit of eye protection against virus transmission. This also means keeping them clean and sanitized is even more critical to your health.
You increase your chances of coming into contact with harmful germs if you adjust or handle your glasses without proper care. Try to eliminate or minimize the number of times you touch your face and glasses throughout the day. Washing your hands and eyeglasses with warm water and gentle dish soap is the easiest and most effective way to reduce the spread of germs. Do not use rubbing alcohol or other harsh chemicals to disinfect your glasses, as they can damage them.
Avoid Fogged Glasses while Wearing a Face Mask During COVID-19
Are you having trouble keeping your glasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask? Get some tips in our blog post about “How to Wear Eyeglasses with a Face Mask”.
Should You Be Wearing Contacts During COVID-19?
Because you have to touch your face to put your contacts in every day, they may actually be putting you at more risk. Your contact lenses can also cause unnecessary irritation that results in you adjusting them or touching your face more often. Some health care experts are suggesting it may be a good idea to ditch your contact lenses and opt for traditional eyeglasses for the time being.
Schedule a Free Virtual LASIK Consultation
Have you ever considered ditching your contacts permanently? LASIK Laser Eye Surgery could be the permanent solution to your vision problems. Schedule a virtual LASIK consultation with our refractive surgery expert at LaserVue Eye Center today. This virtual appointment is free, no-obligation, and social distancing approved!
Give Your Eyes a Break While Working From Home During Quarantine
As a result of the shelter in place guidelines, many people have started working from home. To ensure you aren’t overworking your eyes, make sure to give them a break throughout the day. If you are spending a lot of time looking at a computer or other electronic screens, start practicing the 20-20-20 rule at home.
How to Practice the 20-20-20 Rule:
Every twenty minutes you are looking at a screen, look away at something at least twenty feet away, for a minimum of twenty seconds at a time.
How Certain Foods and a Balanced Diet Promote Healthy Eyes During Quarantine
What you eat and drink every day can have a big effect on your overall well being and your eye health. Drinking more water and eating a balanced diet is essential to maintaining your well-being. In fact, adding certain foods to your wellness routine can provide crucial nutrients that promote optimal eye health.
Nutrients That are Essential To Eye Health:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Can be taken as a daily supplement, and can be found in salmon, chia seeds, and walnuts.
- Vitamin-C: Found in citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and strawberries.
- Lutein: Commonly found in dark leafy greens, green beans, and broccoli.
- Antioxidants: Dark chocolate and blueberries are rich in antioxidants that benefit your health and eyes.
LaserVue Eye Center is Here To Help All Our Bay Area Patients
Our team at LaserVue Eye Center is dedicated to continuing to provide our Bay Area patients with the highest quality care. This includes continuing to act in accordance with current COVID-19 guidelines provided by local officials and The CDC.
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