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'Choose glasses over contacts' - expert advice on eye care in the time of Covid-19

 

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Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth

Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth

Dr Cummings is medical director of the Wellington Eye Clinic

Dr Cummings is medical director of the Wellington Eye Clinic

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Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth

Although the advice about minimising the spread of disease has always been the same, we have never been more aware of the need to cough or sneeze into our elbows, wash our hands thoroughly at regular intervals, dispose of tissues immediately after use and avoid touching our faces.

And while all of these actions will go a long way to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, experts are also advising us to remember our eyes, as the virus can be transmitted through tears - so as we tend to touch our faces without realising it, many of us could be unwittingly at risk.

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Arthur Cummings, says while masks may cover the mouth and nose, health professionals in particular should pay special attention to their eyes.