The novel CoronaVirus or COVID-19 can enter through your nose and mouth, but it can also enter your body through your eyes! It can cause symptoms such as light sentivity, redness, irritation, redness and more. CoronaVirus can cause Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as Pink Eye. So besides the recommendations of:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
(Between fingers, around the knuckles and on the back of the hand.)

2. Reduce touching of your face/nose/mouth. This should include the eyes as well!

We have a few other recommendations to reduce your risk of infection due to CoronaVirus.
**An important thing to remember is, if you get symptoms of Pink Eye during this time, not all Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis is due to Corona Virus, so please do not panic.

Make sure to religiously do the 2 recommendations above, along with the ones below.

3. There is no evidence suggesting that contact lens wear is Not safe during this time.
But as always, remember to maintain proper hygiene for contact lens wear.
This includes thorough hand washing, proper/safe handling of lenses, proper discarding
and replacement of lenses as directed by your doctor, not to swim or sleep in your lenses.
(For those wearing the Night and Day contact lenses, the FDA is recommending to discontinue
sleeping in your lenses for the time being to reduce your potential risk of infection).

4. If you wear glasses, make sure to clean them properly.
CoronaVirus can live on surfaces like plastic and metal/steel,
which are the products used to produce most eyewear.
If you need to go out to the grocery store, to walk the dog, or are out in public at all,
it is recommended to wash your eyewear properly in luke warm or cold water (NOT hot water),
and a few drops of dish soap, cleansing thoroughly to reduce spreading.
A post on proper eyewear cleaning to follow!

5. Use Hypochlorous spray on your face and around your eyes. It is a completely safe way to disinfect after being out in public. Hypochlorous spray fights against COVID-19 and can also kill other bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Spray directly onto your face and around your eyes without your eyes open. If you accidentally get it in your eyes, it will not sting or harm your eyes.

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