How to protect your eyes during cold and flu season?

With the change in weather to colder temperatures, we are more likely to spread viruses, including COVID-19, the common cold, or the seasonal flu.  Guarding your eyes and the rest of your body can slow the spread of infection.  When an infected individual coughs or sneezes, virus particles released into the air can enter your body through your mouth, nose and even your eyes. You can also become infected by touching something that has virus particles on it and then touching your eyes.  You may also experience sore, irritated, and red eyes which is known as conjunctivitis or more commonly “pink eye”.

Here are some ways you can keep your eyes safe and healthy during cold and flu season: 

  1. Switch from contact lenses to glasses

Wearing contact lenses means that you are touching your eyes frequently which can increase the risk of developing an infection. By substituting to glasses, you are lowering the possibility of having sore and irritated eyes. Also, wearing glasses adds an extra layer of protection from infected droplets reaching your eyes. 

  1. Practice proper hygiene and social distancing 

Remember to wash your hands often, especially before touching your eyes.  To make sure your hands are completely clean, wash them with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.

  1. Avoid rubbing your eyes 

It can be tempting to rub your eyes when they feel itchy or irritated.  However, in some cases, excessive rubbing can worsen these symptoms. If you feel the need to touch your eyes, use a clean tissue instead of your fingers and always do so with clean hands.

  1. Use preservative-free lubricating drops for dry eyes 

Dry eyes are very common during the winter months, especially when wearing a face mask.  Using lubricating drops will allow your eyes to feel comfortable which will limit the need to touch your eyes frequently.

If you have any questions about ways to keep your eyes healthy, call us today to schedule a consultation!