When asked what are the main symptoms of COVID-19 when it comes to the eyes and any other symptoms which have been reported regarding eye health, Dr Jones answered: “First, remember that the virus is mainly transmitted via droplets from sneezing or coughing or through direct transfer from the hands to the mouth or nose, so the most important thing to remember is that unwashed hands should never come into contact with your face.
“Hands should be regularly washed with soap and water to kill the virus and then dried with a disposable paper towel.
“Pretty much the only reported symptom is a red eye, but this occurs in only one to three people of every 100 people who have confirmed COVID-19.
“This is commonly called ‘pink eye‘ or viral conjunctivitis, but the vast majority of pink eyes are not caused by the virus that causes COVID-19 – people shouldn’t jump to that conclusion.
“What they should do is immediately consult their eye care practitioner for advice.”