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Corona virus – how to protect your eyes

Novel coronavirus came fiercely and spread rapidly. It can be transmitted through the respiratory tract, so we need to wear masks for protection. However, it was confirmed that the novel coronavirus could also be transmitted through the conjunctiva and further conjunctivitis as the first symptom, causing public anxiety and panic.

What is the novel corona virus?

Corona viruses are a family of RNA viruses that can infect animals and humans and cause colds and severe pneumonia. Since this newly discovered virus is a powerful transmission medium, people have to be particularly careful in everyday life and pay attention to hygiene.

Coronaviruses are a large family of RNA viruses that can infect animals and humans and cause colds as well as pneumonia, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Novel Coronavirus is a new Coronavirus strain that has never been found in humans before. On January 12, 2020, the World Health Organization officially named Novel Coronavirus of the pneumonia epidemic in Wuhan as “2019-nCoV”. Since this newly discovered virus is a powerful transmission medium, people have to be particularly careful in everyday life and pay attention to hygiene.

What protective measures should you currently take to protect your eyes from infection if you continue to go to the office and go in and out in public places?

In addition to the Cornea, the anterior surface of the eyeball is covered with a layer of mucosal tissue, which we call the conjunctiva (where we see the white eye kernel). Moreover, these mucous membranes and nasal mucosa (part of the respiratory tract) are continuous, and related diseases are easy to affect each other.

Adult people blink 12 to 15 times per minute, and when they blink, part of the surface of the eye is exposed to the air. It is easy to get infected by external bacteria and viruses. According to statistics, adults also touch their faces on average about 23 times an hour. This increases the likelihood that the virus will enter the conjunctival cells if the eyes are touched. 

In 2003, SARS Coronavirus was about 100nm in diameter, which is the size most easily swallowed by ocular surface mucosal cells. Of course, whether small particles are easy to be swallowed by cells is not only related to particle size, but also related to many factors, such as particle shape, surface structure, chemical properties and so on. In such an environment, in addition to wearing masks and gloves, eye protection is also necessary.

The eyes are one of our most important sensory organs – how can we protect them?

Remember to wash your hands frequently. Don’t rub your eyes and keep them clean.

  • The best protection for your eyes is to keep your hands clean. In everyday life, such as shaking hands, touching surfaces or contacting other people, it is easy to become infected. Therefore, you should wash your hands frequently, do not touch or rub your eyes and avoid direct contact with people in public.
  • Increase the number of hand washes after contact with the outside environment. Wash your hands with soap for more than 20 seconds, taking care not to forget your fingernails and wrists. Washing hands not only removes dirt, but also viruses. If you are unable to wash your hands, hand disinfectant can be used for additional protection.

About EuroEyes

The EuroEyes Clinic Group is a globally successful company that was founded 26 years ago in Hamburg and has its headquarters there until today. In addition to locations throughout Germany, EuroEyes is also represented in China and Denmark. The company offers patients the full range of refractive surgery for the correction of visual disorders. Using state-of-the-art eye laser and lens surgery procedures, EuroEyes treats more than 25,000 patients each year with nearsightednessfarsightednessastigmatismpresbyopia or cataract. The treatment enables the start of a life free of glasses and contact lenses without any impairment of visual quality.

Are you also interested in laser eye treatment at EuroEyes or would you like to find out more about us? Then please contact our service or fill out our contact form. We look forward to you!

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