Avoid rubbing your eyes when the Pandemic COVID-19

Until now, COVID-19 has become a scourge for all countries around the world. Various information regarding how to prevent the transmission of the corona virus has been spread everywhere. However, did you know that this virus is also potentially transmitted through the eyes?

Yes, this virus can infect you through the mucosal layer in the eye. A study conducted in Hubei, China, showed that 12 of 38 COVID-19 patients showed symptoms of eye disorders, such as excessive tear production, red eyes, and swelling of the eyelids.

 

These symptoms are found in those who have severe symptoms of COVID-19

1. Rubbed Eyes Increase Risk of Transmission of Viruses and Bacteria

Actually not only COVID-19 has the potential to be transmitted through the eye, but various other bacteria and viruses also have the same potential.

The part of your eye consists of the eyeball and mucosa or the inside of the eyelid that is similar to the lining of the respiratory tract. For this reason, if your eye mucosa is spattered by droplets (sprinkling of saliva and mucus) that contain viruses, then you can get the disease.

Keep in mind, when the corona virus comes out of the human body through droplets, this virus can stay alive for several days on various surfaces of objects. For example, cell phones, laptops, desks, and others.

When you touch it and unconsciously rub your eyes without washing your hands beforehand, then you are at risk of being infected with COVID-19.

2. Cause People Rubbed Eyes

Sometimes, rubbing your eyes is not something you realize. When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you often do is rub your eyes to simply help you feel more refreshed. Or when you feel itching in the eyes due to exposure to dust or cigarette smoke.

Too long staring at a laptop screen or playing gadget will cause eyes to become dry, itchy, and red. It also makes you tend to want to rub your eyes.

Being in an air-conditioned room for too long also increases the risk of dry eyes, so you are “tempted” to rub your eyes. Similarly, the use of contact lenses.

However, considering that the COVID-19 outbreak seems to be going on for a long time and has the potential to spread through the eyes, try to get used to maintaining eye health and hygiene from now on.

Actually, the body has its own mechanism to protect your eyes, such as antibacterial proteins and natural lubrication.

However, to provide more protection to the eyes, here are various things you can do:

a. Routine Hand Washing

As explained above, the corona virus can live for several days on the surface of objects. If your hands touch the surface of the object and rubbed your eyes without washing your hands before, then you can become infected.

Therefore, make sure you wash your hands regularly, including when you want to touch the face.

b. Use Eyelid Cleanser (Eyelid Hygiene)

Not only hands, you must also pay attention to eye hygiene. As much as possible avoid touching the eyes to prevent transmission. If you feel discomfort or irritation in the eyelid, instead of rubbing, you can use an eyelid cleanser.

 

b. Use Artificial Tears

When playing for gadgets for too long or working in front of a laptop, your eyes may feel dry and itchy. Instead of rubbing your eyes, you can use artificial tears to overcome these uncomfortable symptoms.

Drop one or two drops on each of your eyes without removing contact lenses. You can use it up to 6 times a day or according to doctor’s instructions.