Of all the talk going on about COVID-19, there has not been much talk about how the coronavirus can affect the eyes. This virus is new, and all the scientific data is not yet available about what to expect or how to prevent contracting this virus.
What we do know is that transmission of the virus through the tears is very low. The virus can appear in the form of a conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the membrane covering the eye. It is often referred to as “pink eye.” Conjunctivitis often presents as an infected, red, “wet and weepy” eye. It is common for viral conjunctivitis to present with an upper respiratory infection such as colds, flu, sinusitis, etc.). There has been documented cases of conjunctivitis in patients who have been confirmed as having the coronavirus.
While the risk is low, do not ignore the common symptoms of this virus – fever, cough, loss of appetite, and general weakness or loss of energy. Take the precautionary measures and make sure that you are wearing a mask, washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and social distancing.
As businesses are beginning to open, do not lose sight of the importance of protecting yourself and protecting others. African Americans are at higher risk of death with this virus and hence we need to stay educated, informed, and follow the proper protocol to keep each other well and healthy. If you are in need of an eye care provider, I welcome you to visit EnVision Eye Care.
321 W. Montgomery
(near Hunter Golf Course)
For appointments, call (912) 927-0707 and visit us at www.envisionsavannah.com