Traces of covid have been found in tears according to a former eye surgeon who served the Grampian area for 30 years.
Dr Hatem Atta says that people must not forget covid-19 can also be contracted through the eyes and that wearing some form of eye protection such as glasses or shades could help further reduce the chances of catching coronavirus.
Searching for preventative measures that will help stop the spread of covid are rising further up the political and social agenda as the UK attempts to come out of lockdown.
Tears run down into your mouth
“If you want to give yourself even more protection wear some sort of glasses. Shades or goggles will work. Cycling glasses that go round the eyes are good as well.”
Dr Atta, an ophthalmologist for over thirty years and who retired six years ago, says people must not forget there is a third way, along with the nose and mouth, for the virus to enter the body.
Dr Atta said: “Do not forget the eye is also a portal of the infection. There is no doubt covid has been found in tears which can run down your face and into your nose and mouth.”
Cycling glasses are good to stop covid getting into the eyes
“Always continue to observe social distancing rules.”
If unable to acquire a mask as the government calls on people to wear face coverings in certain situations, Dr Atta says another way to feel safe is to wear glasses.
“If you want to give yourself even more protection wear a mask and some sort of glasses. Shades or goggles will work. Cycling glasses that go round the eyes are good as well.”
The eye linked to the nose which is linked to the mouth
Dr Atta explains that the tear tract runs into the nose which is connected to the respiratory system.
Dr Atta said: “The tear tract goes from your eye into your nose. For example if you use eye drops, after five minutes you will taste them in the back of your throat. So the eye is connected to your nose and this is how the virus can get into your body.”
One of the reasons people are advised not to touch their face is in order to reduce contact with the eye. Dr Atta explains openings around the eyes allow coronavirus to get in.
Dr Atta said: “There is a little opening in the inner side of your eyelid. You will not be able to see it but that is the opening of your tear tract and that is where the virus can get in.”
Always adhere to social distancing rules
Like all doctors The Reporter has spoken to, advice remains consistent across specialisms. The first and best defence against coronavirus is social distancing. Dr Atta agrees with this entirely.
Dr Atta said: “Always continue to observe social distancing rules because masks and other preventative equipment you might be wearing are not 99 per cent safe.”