Eye Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have chosen to postpone routine medical care, well visits that usually come and go without requiring follow up. If your ophthalmologist visits are generally uneventful, you may have postponed your routine eye exam as the pandemic spread. 

Chances are that was a good decision at the time, giving medical practices a chance to introduce new hygiene and sterilization procedures to keep both patients and staff safe. The team at IC Laser Eye Care has done just that, assuring your wellness during visits, so now is the time to catch up on delayed eye appointments. Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19 and your eye care. 

When to visit

You’re likely already on a regular schedule of appointments for your eye health, whether it’s annually, every two years, or another interval. The first thing to know about resuming your schedule is when you should or should not visit a medical office. 

It takes between two days and two weeks for COVID-19 symptoms to appear. The most common symptoms include: 

If you suspect you’re getting ill with these or other symptoms, reschedule your appointment with us after your illness subsides. 

Other changes to expect

The COVID-19 picture is constantly evolving as more is learned about the disease. You can call our office to check on the current protocols, but some of the changes you can expect include: 

We will check your temperature when you arrive at the office and screen for any signs of illness to ensure that staff and all patients stay safe from germs.

Coronavirus and your eyes

Your eyes are a possible point of entry for coronavirus into your body, the same as cold and flu viruses. Washing and sanitizing your hands prevents you from picking up the virus from surfaces and transmitting it to entry points, such as your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay diligent about hand cleaning and avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. 

Though it’s not yet conclusive, COVID-19 might cause pink eye, particularly in children. However, children frequently get this condition, so red, itchy eyes on their own probably don’t indicate coronavirus infection. However, it’s a good idea to watch for the other COVID-19 symptoms listed above. 

IC Laser Eye Care in Bensalem and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Hamilton, New Jersey is always available if you have an eye emergency, such as an eye injury or vision changes. When you have a problem with your eye (even if it’s just floaters) it’s never a good idea to put off professional eye care, as the symptoms may get worse.

Contact the nearest office by phone to arrange an appointment or for more information on eye health or our COVID-19 procedures. Though COVID-19 is still with us, the time to resume preventive eye care is now. 

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