Conjunctivitis is a rare indicator of COVID-19 but it has been exhibited in patients who have tested positive with the Coronavirus. Since this is a novel virus, it is essential that if you have conjunctivitis (pink eye), that you take precautions to prevent the spread including following CDC guidelines. If you have conjunctivitis, please adhere to the below:
- frequently wash hands
- wear glasses; not contacts
- clean glasses regularly
- do not touch your face
- do not share pillows
- do not wear eye makeup
Conjunctiva is a source of infection that can spread through people’s tears. If you have COVID-19, rubbing your eye can get the virus on your fingers and potentially spread it to another person. Please take precautions to not spread to others.
American Academy of Ophthalmology guidelines recommend that only urgent eye issues and emergencies that can affect vision need to be treated during the pandemic. Regular eye exams will not be performed during the pandemic. If you have an eye emergency, please contact our Bloomfield Hills ophthalmology practice. If you need to schedule a telemedecine visit, please call (248) 221-1022.