COVID-19 And It’s Connection To Our Eyes

Know all there is to know about COVID-19’s eye risk factors

COVID-19 At A Glance

During this time of urgency, now more than ever should we strive to seek trustworthy information about the state of the country and the pandemic it is currently battling. 

Facts to remember about COVID-19

  • COVID-19 is a mild infection for children and young adults, but older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of developing a serious illness from it.
  • 80% of those positive of COVID-19 can recover without needing special treatment. Only 1 out of 6 infected people become seriously ill. 
  • Older people are more prone to the virus, especially those who have a history of blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, heart or lung problems.
  • COVID-19 is mostly passed on through contact, such as small droplets, coughs, or exhalation from a person infected. You can also catch the virus through objects previously touched by a person with COVID-19. It is said to be airborne but only within medical facilities, this is due to the abundance of infected persons in one space. All the more reason to not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose in any way. 
  • COVID-19, currently has no vaccine or medicine to cure the disease. Clinical trials all over the world are ongoing to solve this.
  • Out of 532,119 cases globally, 95% (364,353) are in mild conditions and 5% (19,357) are in serious or critical conditions. Almost 84% (124,326) have recovered/discharged but  fatalities have reached 16% (24,083).

How is it connected to our eyes?

  • A study in the Journal of Medical Virology, 1 out of 30 patients of COVID-19 was diagnosed with Conjunctivitis also known as “pink eye”. 
  • In another study of the New England Journal of Medicine, 9 out of 1,099 COVID-19 patients had “conjunctival congestion” in China. 
  • It is said that the transmission of the virus through the eyes is complicated yet plausible as seen in a case in Peking University wherein a patient became diagnosed with the virus after his left eye grew inflamed. 
  • Dr. Jan Evans Patterson, a professor of medicine and pathology in Long School of Medicine confirms that a scenario like this could potentially happen, where respiratory droplets from an infected person might have reached the patient's eyes. 

Can it be passed on through the eyes?

  • Although the risk of transmission of COVID-19 through tears is low, according to Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, it is possible. 
  • It is recommended wear protective eye gear to eliminate any possibility of acquiring the virus. 
  • In conclusion, acquiring COVID-19 through the eyes is possible and further research is being made to verify this.

Symptoms of COVID-19 to watch out for

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Pink eye 

Safety reminders to protect yourself and others from COVID-19

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands, this is effective in eliminating the virus because soap molecules are able to break it down, fully disintegrating it. 
  • Always disinfect your hands with alcohol-based hand rubs, this creates another barrier from you and the virus.
  • Practice social distancing, at least 1 meter away from others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. It may seem unlikely but you can also acquire the virus through infested objects you’ve touched. Guard your eyes as much as you guard your mouth and nose. Wearing protective eyewear (i.e. goggles or eye shields) can also lessen your risk of getting infected.
  • Start disinfecting objects you use on a daily basis, such as phones, doorknobs, and even your glasses.
  • If you’re a contact lens wearer, it’s best to switch to eyeglasses for the time being. The frequency of you touching your eyes and face because of your contacts will increase your risk of infection. 
  • Eye medication can also help, eye drops may disinfect your eyes from any bacteria it may catch. It’s good to avoid rubbing your eyes if you have a habit of doing so, since it’ll only give the virus the opportunity to enter your eye.
  • Only wear masks if you are ill of COVID-19. Face masks should only be worn once, but productions are being made for reusable face masks for frontliners and medical staff. 
  • Stay at home if you are feeling ill. Follow quarantine rules in your community, especially if you are under enhanced community quarantine. Only go out when necessary.
  • For those infected: follow good respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough to avoid infecting other people.
  • For those who have traveled: Follow the same precautions and self quarantine.

For tips and ideas on what you can do under quarantine, follow our social media accounts and stay #AtHomeWithVEX.


Sources: 

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/17/20/covid-19-coronavirus-symptoms-philippines

 https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

https://icrcat.com/en/coronavirus-and-conjunctivitis/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Ftransmission.html

https://www.glaucoma.org/news/coronavirus-eye-safety.php

https://www.spot.ph/newsfeatures/the-latest-news-features/81568/contact-lens-risk-covid-19-a588-20200327?utm_source=Facebook-Spot&utm_medium=Ownshare&utm_campaign=20200327-fbnp-newsfeatures-contact-lens-risk-covid-19-a588-20200327-fbfirst&fbclid=IwAR3cOa2GjD5J4hm3B8NJzgP8OBCcvZpK7hCBm8LAX_-csfRR5jWFw9ycYyQ

https://www.spot.ph/shopping/the-latest-shopping/81522/10-common-items-disinfection-tips-a588-20200325-lfrm




Related Blogs

Exclusive Vision Club Offer at Vision...
Ray-Ban Exclusive Collection - SOLD O...
If you are a Ray-Ban® brand lifer, then you must have heard about the Ray-Ban Limited Edition Collection th...
3 Easy Steps to Get Your FREE Virtual...
Did you know you can get a FREE virtual eye checkup without leaving the comfort of your own home? Vision E...
Here’s the Perfect Flexible Eyeglasse...
Digital technologies and gadgets have been integrated into our day-to-day activities. It’s important to kno...
Here’s Where You Can Shop for All You...
We’ve been staying at home for more than a year in quarantine. We’re trying to stay healthy and safe from t...
Patient Diaries: Jackie Go get an Eye...
Jackie Go visits Vision Express for her Eye Check Up Three years ago, we learned that Gabbie needed to ...
Get 20% Discount Site-wide as Vision ...
Vision Express Opens More Branches in...
Vision Express, your #1 one-stop shop for eyewear and daily eyecare essentials is back and we’re open to se...
We accept Insurance Optical Benefits ...
How to use vision insurance at Vision Express Philippines It's easy—promise. Visit any Vision Express s...
Best Optical Store in the Philippines...
What makes the best optical store? Thats a good questions to start with.  Everything we do at Vision Expres...
ECQ Update: March 29-April 4, 2021| V...
Hello friends and patients, in observance of the announcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ),...
My First Ray-Ban: Say Hello to Reliab...
The partner you actually need Generation after generation, Ray-Ban has—amidst all challenges—remained relev...
Own Your Own: Ray-Ban’s Scuderia Ferr...
Luxury, respect and style are well within your grasp  The partnership between Ferrari and Ray-Ban has been ...
Ray-Ban Evolve Collection: Your First...
Ray-Ban Evolve Collection: Your First Line of Defense Protection at all times When the world discovered th...
Some 70s Refined Retro with Ray-Ban’s...
Iconic yet contemporary When it comes to speaking in iconic eyewear shapes, no one is as fluent as Ray-Ban....
Ray-Ban's New Collection is here!
Ray-Ban is #ProudToBelong Our stories may be unique, but our emotions are universal It’s difficult to encap...
Shamir’s Autograph Intelligence is th...
Vision Express now carries the world’s most advanced progressive lenses. For all the spectacle-wearers that...
Bold Glasses for your Zoom Calls
BOLD GLASSES FOR ZOOM CALLS For most of us, the words Zoom, Meets or Teams have be...
Valentine's Special - Eyewear Gift Guide
New Glasses, Brighter Vision, New You
Goodbye, 2020. Well, hello 2021! We have now entered 2021 so let us all leave all the struggles behind and ...
Gift of Vision - Holiday Gift Guide
Find your perfect Holiday gift at Vision Express. Get your loved ones something that they can essentially b...
BLUE SAFE LUTINA LENS
BLUE SAFE LITE Now available on all frame purchases, Blue Safe Lite offers the basic protection you need f...
4 Factors to Choosing Eyeglass Frames
Four Factors to Choosing Eyeglass Frames 
11 Eyewear tips for Outdoor Lovers
11 EYEWEAR TIPS FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS 
8 Ways to Protect Yourself from Harmf...
8 Ways to Protect Yourself from Harmful Blue Light of Screens   White light is made up of all ...
MECQ Announcement: NCR Store Closure
MECQ Announcement (August 4-18, 2020): Vision Express' commitment and mission is to provide the best eye ca...
How To Keep Glasses From Misting Up W...
Optician Explains How To Keep Glasses From Misting Up While Wearing A Face Mask With the Government announc...
NEW Shamir Anti-Fog Lens
Introducing NEW Shamir Anti-Fog Lens Coating This is essential for people who wear glasses and face masks ...
Let Your Eyewear Do The Speaking
Ray-Ban: Sporting the Style In The Ph...
Match Your Eyewear To Your Face Shape
An Easy Guide To Finding The Perfect ...
Finding the perfect pair of glasses shouldn’t be rocket science. It’s only right for you to be particular ...
Eyewear Trends Then And Now – And Why...
How to Check If Your Ray-Bans Are Aut...
Rock Your Eyewear In Every Way
COVID-19 And It’s Connection To Our Eyes
Know all there is to know about COVID-19’s eye risk factors COVID-19 At A Glance
DIGITAL PROTECTION— WHY YOU NEED IT NOW
Digiteyezed- Everything you need to k...
RAY-BAN® Launches Its Fall/Winter 201...
 
How to Measure Pupillary Distance
How To Avoid Digital Eye Strain
 
How to Spot Fake Eyewear [Infographic]
How to Care of Eyeglasses and Sunglasses
Let Your Eyewear Do The Talking
Sunglasses in Films
Anatomy of Eyewear [Infographic]
Geek Chic Eyeglasses Perfect for School
The Famous in Frames
25 Celebrities Rocking Sunglasses on ...
 
How Ray-Ban Became a Legend