Coronavirus and Eye Safety

Serving Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Nearby Areas of the Hudson Valley

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COVID-19 Eye care infographicNew York State is under a Stay at Home order. Please stay at home. Leaving, for any reason, endangers you and everyone in your community. We can beat this, but we have to work together.

COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, spreads from person-to-person through spit and mucus. The most common entry points for the virus are the nose and mouth, where particulates containing the virus can easily be inhaled.

The eyes are an entry point for the virus as well, both through particulates released when a person sneezes or coughs and through secondary contamination from doorknobs, gas pumps, cross-walk signals, grocery store credit/debit checkout machines, and anything else that has been touched by an infected person. The virus can stay on surfaces for hours, infecting every single person who comes into contact with it through what is known as “community spread.”

Do Not Touch Your Eyes

Social distancing is the best way to avoid the virus, but none of us can live without necessities and venturing into the world for food and toiletries has to happen. When you need to make a quick trip to the store, help keep yourself and your family safe by:

  • Not touching your face
  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds as soon as you are home

While at the store, keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others and if you feel at all sick, skip the trip. Send a family member or call in a favor from a friend and have what you need delivered. 

Remember, this virus can cause serious complications. In the United States, there are currently over 46,000 cases, several thousand of which are critical, and several hundred of which have proven fatal.

By social distancing and taking all precautions, you are not only protecting yourself, you are helping to ensure you are not responsible for the serious illness or death of someone else.

Taking Care of Your Eyes While Social Distancing

To avoid any risk of infecting your eyes:

  • Contact lens users may want to switch to glasses for the time being
  • If you rely on medications or supplements for your eyes, consider stocking up
  • Plan on rescheduling any routine eye and vision exams

Our office has transitioned to emergency and critical services only while the state remains under “stay at home” orders. We will assess rescheduling efforts for routine services as soon as possible and appreciate your patience as we navigate these new complexities together.

For emergency services, please call 845-454-1025. For all other concerns, please send us an email and we will respond as we are able.

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