Corona Virus and Your Eyes

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Wed, 03/25/2020 - 1:00pm
Corona Virus and Your Eyes

As a health care facility, Pycraft Family Eye Care, has always taken care to disinfect instruments to avoid the spread of viruses. The corona virus reminds us that there is a difference between disinfecting and sterilizing. The main way that the corona virus affects the eyes is by causing conjunctivitis, which is common in about 20% of the cases. To avoid this, Pycraft Family Eye Care is big advocate for single use contact lenses. Since each lens is sterile, there is less chance of infection. We are not saying this prevents all infections, but it does decrease the incidence.

As you are aware from recent news reports, there are confirmed case of the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the great State of Ohio.

  • No evidence of person to person transmission in Wayne County
  • The number of cases is increasing
  • Risk of infection to public is believed to be high

The health and safety of our patients and staff has always been our utmost concern and top priority. Our team continues to monitor their health, as well as practicing preventive care as one would during flu season:

  • Wash hands routinely. Using soap and water while singing “Don’t give a Damn” (happy birthday song works too, but isn't as much fun) should be long enough to reduce risk. Drying hands on clean towels is essential
  • Staying home from work for at least 24 hours following any symptoms of illness
  • Consulting with your primary care physician

Additional preventive measures:

  • Pycraft Family Eye Care continues to clean our instruments with bactericidal spray or alcohol between each patient. This has always been our standard.
  • As part of our opening procedure, we use bactericidal spray to wipe down the keyboards, telephones, counters, door handles, exam rooms and any common areas
  • We consider all our contact lens cases single use disposable. 
  • We are unable to sterilize the whole office, but we do routinely disinfect the office.

Important points to consider:

CDC guidelines indicate that people who have casual contact with an infected person such as in the office are at minuscule risk of developing infection

Now that the virus is present in the United States, risk of infection has increase significantly. It is possible we could come in contact with someone who has it and we don't even know.

For more information regarding the Coronavirus, please visit the following website: