Contact lens wearers are at risk for coronavirus. Tatiana Shilova, an ophthalmologist, professor, doctor of medical sciences, reported this to Moscow 24.
“Contact lens wearers are the primary risk group for coronavirus infection. Because this is touching the eye, this is a foreign body on the surface of the eye, this is hypoxia of the mucous membrane,”the doctor explained.
The expert noted that many European colleagues and representatives of the international ophthalmological community recommend refusing to wear lenses due to the threat of the spread of COVID-19.
According to the doctor, it is much safer to wear glasses. They protect against aerosol droplets containing coronavirus particles. Glasses should be cleaned and washed with soapy water once a day.
The ophthalmologist also encouraged wearing masks and trying not to touch your face and eyes with your hands. You can also instill in the eyes antiviral drugs - interferon or its inducers. This will increase local immunity.
You can use drops when detecting microsymptoms on the retina. In more serious cases, you should see your doctor.
“If you know that you have been in contact with a sick person, then it makes sense to drip such drugs for several days. As a rule, the application is prescribed within 5-7 days,”noted Dr. Shilova.
Source: Moscow 24