Coronavirus and Your Eyes: Tips for Caring for Your Eyes

Last Updated October 13, 2021

With so much emphasis on health right now, and everyone feeling a little uneasy, you may be wondering about your eyes and Coronavirus. Experts believe that while you’re not likely to get the novel coronavirus – or any virus — from the eye itself, avoiding touching your face is critical as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are offering the following tips for keeping your eyes healthy:

When To Call Your Eye Doctor

Today’s federal, state and local stay-at-home mandates may impact and limit your doctor visits. But, while we need to practice social distancing, know your ophthalmologist is only a phone call away and available if you have an eye problem.  It’s important to immediately contact your eye doctor if any of the following symptoms arise:

Even though everyone is conserving medical resources to help respond to the pandemic, your eye doctor is available to help diagnose and treat new, troubling or worsening eye problems.  If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to call your eye doctor for guidance. This may be as simple as a quick phone call to the office or an in-person or telemedicine visit with your eye doctor. Your good vision depends upon the health of your eyes – especially during this time.

For more information on keeping your eyes healthy during COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Ophthalmology offers additional tips and resources

Published March 26, 2020