DR. S.V. SINGH, OMBUDSPERSON - E-mail ID: ombudsperson@santosh.ac.in

In this COVID-19 pandemic Department of Ophthalmology of Santosh Medical college & university, under guidance of Dr Sarita Aggarwal , Head of the  department , postgraduate students have educated many patients regarding measures they should take during this time to protect their eyes which includes Practice safe hygiene & social distancing, Frequently washing of hands, Follow good contact lens hygiene, Avoid touching or rubbing your nose, mouth and eyes, Use of Spectacle as a barrier, Minimum usage of digital screen , Use of 20-20-20 rule for prevention of eye strain as guarding eyes as well as hands, nose, and mouth — can slow the spread of corona virus.


How to protect your eyes during COVID-19


Wearing glasses useful as it may add a layer of protection.

Corrective lenses or sunglasses can protect eyes from infected respiratory droplets. As they don’t provide 100% security, The virus can still reach your eyes from the exposed sides, tops and bottoms of your glasses. If you’re caring for a sick patient or potentially exposed person, safety goggles may offer a stronger defense

Avoid rubbing your eyes.

It can be hard to break this natural habit, but it will lower risk of infection. If you feel an urge to itch or rub your eye or even to adjust your glasses, use a tissue instead of your fingers. Dry eyes can lead to more rubbing, so consider adding artificial tear drops to your eye as routine. If you must touch your eyes for any reason — wash your hands first with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, then wash them again after touching your eyes.

Screen time goes up during coronavirus lockdown.....

The coronavirus outbreak and subsequent nation-wide lockdown, has led all of us to stay restricted to our houses, which has inevitably increased our screen time. While working from home involves working on our laptops, desktops, and mobile phones, even when we are not working, we are glued to our TV sets, or our smartphones, mindlessly scrolling through our social media feed. All of this can cause eye strain.

It is important to reduce your screen time to make sure that eyes stay healthy and less susceptible to infections. We can limit screen time & take frequent breaks from phone, by doing this some digital distancing can be achieved to reduce your digital eye strain

Application of the 20-20-20 Rule Prevent Eye Strain.....

Looking at screens too much can lead to eye strain. But the 20-20-20 rule may help.Basically, every 20 minutes spent using a screen, one should try to look away at something that is 20 feet away from him/. her for a total of 20 seconds.One should just try to focus on something far away from him/her.

It takes about 20 seconds for your eyes to completely relax.You probably get absorbed in reading or work when you’re looking at screens. Setting a timed reminder to pop up can help you take a break every 20 minutes.