Eye Care While Isolating

Dr. Francis Price offers some tips for taking care of your eyes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 has resulted in an urgency to streamline our way of life, including online grocery shopping, pharmacy delivery, telemedicine. While some aspects of eye care require face-to-face appointments, as with other medical disciplines, many issues can be addressed via telemedicine, where your eye doctor communicates with you over the phone or a video. If you have a complicated vision condition that requires frequent monitoring such as glaucoma, a cornea transplant, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy, it is important to maintain contact with your doctor. Procedures may vary from office to office. Some aspects of your care or even a portion of your routine visit may be completed over the phone to minimize the amount of time you are in an office or in contact with others. A few safety tips include:

  • If you wear contacts, consider switching to glasses for a while to reduce the risk of eye infections. Glasses may also prevent you from rubbing or touching your eyes and offer a layer of protection against virus particles floating in the air which can infect you.
  • Plan ahead for eye drops or medications and utilize prescription delivery when you can to reduce trips to the pharmacy.
  • Practice eye safety, which includes wearing safety glasses when necessary and using your medications as prescribed to reduce the risk of needing additional visits beyond your standard eye care appointments.

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