Our eyes could play an important role in the spread and prevention of the outbreak of the new coronavirus, present worldwide. For this reason it is advised against touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. The mucous membranes (the membranes that cover the various cavities of the body) are the most susceptible to the transmission of the virus.

How is the new coronavirus related to your eyes? Patients who have contracted the new coronavirus may have eye symptoms. The Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the membrane covering the eyeball. Conjunctivitis often presents as an infected / red, “wet and watery” eye.

Viral conjunctivitis is known to present with upper respiratory tract infections (colds, flu, etc.) and may be a symptom of the COVID-19 virus. A recent study in China’s hospitals, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found “conjunctival congestion” or infected red eyes in 9 of 1,099 patients (0.8%) with a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus.

A study in The Journal of Medical Virologyof 30 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 had only one patient diagnosed with conjunctivitis. According to this information, the appearance of conjunctivitis is low.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

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McKenna & Scott Pinelands

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