When was the last time you washed your glasses? Your glasses do not count as safety protection from COVID-19. We often touch our glasses without thinking. Virus particles can be transferred from our fingers and face, and they can remain on hard plastic surfaces for hours to days. Remember to wash your hands before touching your face, and wash your glasses frequently with soap and water!
Avoid soaps with abrasive beads and chemical glasses cleaners.
Dry them with a soft, clean cloth, and avoid using your shirt or facial tissues.
Directive #2 has been revised, and Ontario optometrists can now begin seeing patients for non-urgent care. We will be following the requirements from the Ministry of Health, under guidance of the College of Optometrists of Ontario. These guidelines are designed to protect the public and ensure we are providing the safest care possible.
Here’s what to expect:
What has changed?
- Patients will be asked if they are ill or have COVID-19 symptoms when booking appointments, and likely when they arrive at the office.
- Patients will be asked to make appointments, rather than come for walk-in care, and will be asked to come at the appointment time (not early or late). This will help ensure the waiting room has the fewest number of people at any one time.
- When you schedule an appointment, your optometrist will ask you to bring your own mask. If you do not have a mask, they may be able to provide one (for a fee), or may have to reschedule your appointment.
- A hand sanitizing station will be available at the office entrance. You will be required to sanitize your hands when you enter the office.
- Optometrists and staff that you interact with will be wearing personal protective equipment (like masks or other shields) that covers their mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Optometrists may perform different tests and procedures than in the past, choosing to do only those that are needed in the moment and waiting to perform others until a later time.
What if I need to have an eye exam to renew my driver’s licence?
The Government of Ontario has extended the time your driver’s licence is valid. If your licence is expiring soon, you do not need to renew it until the government has resumed these services.
The key to preventing fog is keeping your warm, moist breath from hitting your lenses. This means making sure that your masks fits tightly along the contours of your nose/cheeks.
Make sure the bar is moulded to your face (if it has one). You can even tape it to your face, or tuck the edges under your glasses. Other remedies such as soapy water may help, but it may leave a blurry film on your glasses.
What to do if you have a red eye?
Give us a call 905-666-4848 if you have any of these:
– you got chemicals in your eye
– you’re in pain or are having trouble seeing
– you’re unable to move your eye
– you’re sensitive to light
– your eye is producing a lot of mucus or pus
– you have any other symptoms of an illness, like fever or cough (you may need to seek care elsewhere, but we will help direct you)
If it’s more mild, it may be due to dryness, allergies, or a mild viral eye infection, among other things. A viral eye infection is like the common cold, you have to let it heal on its own. Here are some things you can try at home:
1. Use lubricating drops (artificial tears) 4-6 times per day
2. Don’t use red-eye reducing drops, like Visine.
3. If you wear contacts, STOP wearing them
4. Remove any eye makeup
5. Wash your hands often.
6. Avoid spreading the infection by washing your hands often, washing your towels and pillowcases often, and not sharing them.
7. If they feel itchy, you may try over-the-counter anti-allergy drops or medication
8. Try cool compresses on your closed eyes, or try placing the lubricating drops in the fridge before you instill them – the coolness can help relieve itching
If it gets worse or you develop any problems listed above, you may call the office or contact me via the online form