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COVID-19 and Eye Health

December 28, 2020

We’re living in unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 pandemic virtually upending the way we live. Much has been spoken about what we should do to lessen our risk of catching this highly-transmissible disease. Chief among them: wearing facemasks, washing hands often — and not touching your eyes.

At the office of Boulder Hwy/Nellis, we want to make sure you understand the relationship between COVID transmission and your eyes, and the steps you can take to help prevent risk of infection.

One of the most important things to know about COVID is that it is possible to catch it through touching the area around your eye. You may have viral germs on your hands and fingers and not know it, or you may have touched someone or something that is contaminated and then touched your eyes — all of which greatly increase the risk of transmission.

Because the eyes contain a large number of blood vessels, it makes them an easy target for COVID to enter the body and then spread to the whole body through the blood vessels within the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids.

Eye care during COVID is not something that should be delayed. Whether you have eye health or urgent care needs, concerns about your eyes or vision, or if it's time for a comprehensive eye exam or contact lens evaluation, visit the office of Boulder Hwy/Nellis and let our skilled professionals care for you. Rest assured that we have implemented the latest CDC protocols to provide the care you need in a safe and healthy environment. To find out more or to make an appointment, give us a call today.