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Eye Safety Tips During the COVID-19 Pandemic

First and foremost, Dr. Albert Cytryn and our staff at Cytryn Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery would like to extend our thoughts and well-wishes to all those affected by COVID-19—whether physically, financially, or emotionally. Stay strong and find hope in the progress being made in areas initially impacted, both in this country and around the globe. We will get through this difficult time.

It’s well-known that the novel coronavirus often enters the body through the nose and mouth, which is why wearing a facemask is strongly recommended when going out into public. What’s less common knowledge, however, is that the eyes can also be a gateway into the body for COVID-19, despite not being directly connected to the respiratory system.

Virus particles contained in the spray of a coronavirus carrier’s cough, sneeze, or even speech can potentially reach the face of anyone within a close enough range. While these particles are most likely to be inhaled through a bystander’s nose or mouth, there’s a chance they also land in—and therefore enter the body through—unprotected eyes. Furthermore, if a person were to touch something contaminated with COVID-19 and then touch their eyes before handwashing, the virus can make the transition from the fingers, to the eyes, and into the body.

With this information in mind, we’ve put together the following eye safety tips to heed during the coronavirus pandemic:

Of course, in addition to these tips, it’s incredibly important to practice social distancing and attempt to optimize your full body wellness by eating a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis (if you are cleared to do so by your primary medical provider). In the event you can’t avoid coming into contact with someone who is (or who you believe might be) infected with the coronavirus—for instance, if you are providing care to a loved one—be sure to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including safety eyewear.

Dr. Cytryn and our team hope you find these tips to be helpful during this unprecedented time, and we again want to extend our thoughts and well-wishes to anyone affected by COVID-19. Stay well, stay safe, and stay strong!