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Local optometrist discusses contact lens care during coronavirus pandemicSubmitted: 03/19/2020
Devin Biggs
Devin Biggs
Weekend Meteorologist/Reporter
dbiggs@wjfw.com

Local optometrist discusses contact lens care during coronavirus pandemic
MINOCQUA - The CDC advises people to not touch their face, during the coronavirus pandemic. That challenge may be hard enough, but if you wear glasses, that challenge is a little bigger.

"There is a concern there that possibly you could self-inoculate yourself by touching your eyes with contaminated hands," said Optometrist Dr. Kirby Redman, an optometrist at Redman/Gelinas Eye Care.

He mentioned that there is a possible chance of coronavirus entering through the eye.

"There is a thought that there might be a conjunctivitis [concern], which is an infection that all of us are familiar of the eye that can be related to the coronavirus," said Redman. "They're not sure, and it's not commonly found in cases of patients that have the coronavirus."


Even though the concern is low, it isn't zero.

"The smart thing to do is just avoid wearing contacts if possible," said Redman. "The reason I say that is if you get a conjunctivitis from either bacterial or other viruses, which would be much more likely, and you come in with a red eye, that is going to raise concern."

Redman/Gelinas Eye Care has taken action to protect their patients and their staff from coronavirus.

"We have closed our offices for non-emergent eye appointments through Saturday March 28," said Redman. "That's based on CDC Recommendations."

As we continue to frequently wash our hands and sanitize, Dr. Redman really stresses to millennials that he wants them to take this very seriously.

"The main thing is they can also be carriers for our seniors," said Redman. "So the millennials need to take this seriously and do their part to keep anyone else from becoming infected."


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