We’re living in unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 pandemic virtually upending the way we live. Much has been spoken about what we should do to lessen our risk of catching this highly-transmissible disease. Chief among them: wearing facemasks, washing hands often — and not touching your eyes.
At the office of Paul Thompson, OD, we want to make sure you understand the relationship between COVID transmission and your eyes, and the steps you can take to help prevent risk of infection.
One of the most important things to know about COVID is that it is possible to catch it through touching the area around your eye. You may have viral germs on your hands and fingers and not know it, or you may have touched someone or something that is contaminated and then touched your eyes — all of which greatly increase the risk of transmission.
Because the eyes contain a large number of blood vessels, it makes them an easy target for COVID to enter the body and then spread to the whole body through the blood vessels within the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids.
Eye care during COVID is not something that should be delayed. Whether you have eye health or urgent care needs, concerns about your eyes or vision, or if it's time for a comprehensive eye exam or contact lens evaluation, visit the office of Paul Thompson, OD and let our skilled professionals care for you. Rest assured that we have implemented the latest CDC protocols to provide the care you need in a safe and healthy environment. To find out more or to make an appointment, give us a call today.
By Paul Thompson, OD
December 28, 2020
At the office of Paul Thompson, OD, we continue to closely monitor all developments related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and follow every protocol for the safe delivery of care. Our primary concerns are to protect patients and members of our team from exposure, illness, and further spread of the virus. While we continue to see patients in need of emergency care, we encourage patients with questions about non-urgent treatment, elective procedures, ongoing therapeutic care, upcoming appointments, and other concerns to contact our office via telephone, an email, or online portal. A member of our staff will get in touch with you immediately to address your needs.
Supporting overall well-being and reducing your risk of illness
During these stressful and challenging times, we all need to do our best to support overall well-being. As possible, eat a nutritious diet and get sufficient exercise. Even though it may have to be by phone or online technology, stay in touch with family and friends.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following guidelines to help prevent illness:
Special considerations regarding eye health and care
The eyes, as well as the nose and mouth, are vulnerable entry points for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and other infections. As virus particles can spray onto your face, when someone with the disease coughs, sneezes, or speaks, you can also become infected when touching your eyes with unclean hands.
To help protect the health of your eyes and reduce your risk of exposure to the virus, we offer the following recommendations:
Essential and emergency care
While routine visits and non-emergency procedures or surgeries will be postponed, we continue to provide care to patients with emergencies, urgent issues, or eye conditions that receive essential care, including regular eye injections. Should you require an in-office visit, we will advise you of the special precautions and protocols that we have in place to provide you with the care you require.
Stemming the tide of this unprecedented health crisis requires each of us as individually, as well as collectively, follow all guidelines and recommendations as set forth by government and healthcare agencies. Until a vaccine or medication to combat the Coronavirus becomes available, prevention remains the best way contain the spread of the outbreak.
By Paul Thompson, OD
April 3, 2020
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