Conjunctivitis can indicate COVID infection. Beware!

 

Conjunctivitis can indicate COVID infection. Beware!

Every minute detail of personal and social hygiene is important in the present situation when humans struggle to breathe safely amidst COVID-19 pandemic. Monsoon has struck major parts of the country, bringing relief from the scorching heat. At the same time, the onset of this season brings an increased incidence of conjunctivitis, a type of infection in your eyes. Monsoon season increases dampness and humidity. A lot of seasonal eye infections, especially from viruses, are seen in this period. Hence, prevention becomes vitally important. Avoid touching the eyes and stay away from friends or colleagues that have red eyes and watering. Avoid handshakes and using common stationery, and use separate towels, utensils, etc.

Also, be aware that in the current scenario, pink eyes or conjunctivitis can also indicate the dreaded COVID-19 infection. Does that sound unusual and strange to you? If yes, then know that eyes are just another convenient entry point for viruses including coronavirus. Up to 30 % of patients with coronavirus have red eyes or conjunctivitis. You must learn fool-proof ways to keep away eye infections in the rainy season.

Here are a few tips for eye care to avert seasonal infections that can also include Corona:

  1. Always wear eye protection, especially if you plan to visit a public place. Casual attitude towards eye protection can increase the risk of infection, especially during the monsoon season.
  2. Maintain eye hygiene. Avoid touching or rubbing the eyes. Remember to wash your hands with soap frequently and every time you want to touch your face, and importantly the eye region. Make it a ritual now.
  3. You must avoid visits to large gatherings and maintain social distancing. It can be the best way to save yourself from Corona as it can spread through infected eyes.
  4. Refrain from using contact lenses too frequently. Those who use spectacles must avoid wearing lenses for prolonged times and outdoors during the rainy season.
  5. Abstain from using laptops or screens for a long duration when you suffer from an eye infection. It will cause discomfort and increase watering and discharge which can be a source of spread of the disease.
  6. Include Vitamin C and zinc in your diet, that will enhance your immunity. Use lubricating drops for alleviating rough gritty sensation in your eyes. Do not use unscientific preparations such as Drishti or Ikul drops.

As soon as you observe any redness and discharge, immediately consult an eye specialist. It is needed to rule out infection and to start specific therapy.

 

Eye Care Ritual for Children during Covid-19.

Eye Care ritual for Children during Covid-19.

Eye Care Ritual for Children during Covid-19.

How hard do we try to keep gadgets, mobiles, and screens away from our kids, but with COVID19 and lockdown restrictions all these efforts seem to be in vain! Children are fascinated by screens all the time. Children today spend more time studying and playing on computers than ever before. And to make things worse, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the exposure of kids to the internet and all sorts of screens has increased. They have to attend online classes scheduled by their educational institutes. Activity or hobby classes are a big draw too. However, in the course of this e-learning, it is the eyes and spine of children that are susceptible to harm. Well, you cannot avoid classes but can definitely adopt healthy practices and an eye care routine.

 

Here are eye care tips that your for children must follow during Covid 19:

  • Maintain a distance from the screen of about 24-25 inches (50-60 cm). The screen should be about 15 degrees lower than the eye level. Make sure that the posture is correct with an erect spine while studying. Avoid keeping the laptop in your lap – best to use desktop or place the laptop on the study table. You must not miss your class but at the same time, taking care of your body is important. A gentle reminder from the parent once in a while during the class/ session goes a long way.
  • Ask your child to blink eyes often. Staring at the screen for prolonged periods causes dry eyes, allergy and fatigue. A sip of water, breaks between classes and a change in posture helps.
  • Make sure there is moderate light in the room. While taking long hours of online classes, make proper arrangements of light. Studying in a dark room is not advisable. Nor is a very bright room. Have curtains drawn. Natural sources of light should be behind the child or to a side, not behind the computer screen directly facing the child. This will create stress for the eyes.
  • You can also adjust the brightness of the desktop/laptop/phone. It should not be at full brightness, but a toned down one that is clearly visible yet comfortable.
  • Breaks between long screen hours cannot be over stressed. Have regular breaks, with the child walking around the house or staying away from near work for 5-10 minutes every hour.

     

    For any trouble of itching, redness or discomfort in your child’s eye, you can immediately consult a doctor. After a thorough check-up, the eye specialist may recommend some eye drops and ways to keep the problem away.