By Judith Whitehead, Contributing writer
Vision is among the many systems in the body that can be affected by Covid-19.
Trouble with the eyes is also among the possible symptoms that you may have the novel coronavirus.
Our medical practice of ophthalmology had to shut down recently. Most eye exams are not medically an emergency and, as you know, during an eye exam the staff and doctors come in very close contact to the face. There are medical emergencies that occur in this field including infections and some of the symptoms that can be seen can be associated with the virus.
Keeping your hands away from your face can save people from contracting the coronavirus; this is a conscious effort that needs to continue. We don't keep track of what we touch throughout the day and our immune system can fight off most germs we come in contact with, but in this case, the virus it is fighting is unknown.
We subconsciously rub our face and eyes during the day without even giving it a second thought. This is an easy way to infect ourselves, as well as others.
The eyes are easily infected by this virus. Some symptoms to look out for are redness in and around the eyes, discharge and itchiness. As in many other illnesses, these symptoms can mimic other eye problems and infections.
If the eye symptoms accompany other symptoms such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing, it is wise to call your health care provider. You may have a run-of-the-mill conjunctivitis or something more serious. It is hard to tell these days. We are living in scary times. An ounce of prevention goes a long way.
Continue to practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others. Wear a mask in public and wash your hands and surfaces you may have contaminated.
Our family unloads groceries outside and wipes everything down before we bring them into the house. Leave your paper bags outside for 24 to 48 hours.
It may be a long summer but we will all get through this pandemic. Take this time to get healthier. Take more walks, work in the garden, watch movies, learn to relax. This too shall pass.