COVID-19: Don’t forget to protect your eyes
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — After almost a year of protecting ourselves from COVID-19 — wearing masks, keeping our distance from others and washing our hands — there’s a forgotten tip doctors want us to remember.
Asheville optometrist Benjamin Steger said even a healthy eye can be a perfect portal for COVID-19.
“If it contaminates your tears, it’s going to drain to your sinuses, be absorbed by your lymph nodes and that could potentially be a full on viral infection,” Steger said.
Researchers have found traces of the virus in swab-specimens from COVID-19 patients. The latest data indicates it’s not very common, but it’s still a threat.
Steger said there are some easy ways to protect ourselves beyond the “big three.”