Hygiene is part of our daily life. We wash our face, hair, and teeth daily, and we wash our hand multiple times a day. But, sometimes we forget about one part of our body that very important to take care of: our eyes.
Covid-19 has recently become a global pandemic. The virus is thought to primarily spread via person-to-person through droplets produced, when an infected patient coughs or sneezes. It also could be spread if people touch an object or surface with the virus present, and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes. “At this time, even the habit of rubbing our eyes puts us at risk of contracting the virus” says top ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist Dr. Maika Malgapu-Uy.
Common routes of community transmission occur through respiratory droplets, but the virus can also spread through the eyes, prompting medical professionals to advocate daily eye care and protection to keep us and our loved one’s safe.
“There’s an oddly satisfying feeling when we rub our eyes to relieve itchiness, but it’s a very dangerous habit that can, most of the time, lead to eye infection or in some cases, virus transmission. We really have to be careful,” she adds.
This is why she advises eye drops for irrigation to wash away the irritant, instead of introducing more irritants into the eye through rubbing. Now more than ever, we should be wary of mindlessly rubbing our eyes or washing it with water when itchy. “Touching or rubbing eyes must be avoided, even when your eyes are itchy due to dust or minor irritants, it’s better to use eye drops to cleanse your eyes” said Dr. Maika Malgapu-Uy.
Helping the experts promote the proper eye care is Kapuso star Ken Chan.
Eye Mo, a household brand in the Philippines for more than 50 years, recently launched Eye Mo Daily Care, that can cleans eyes from irritants such as smoke, pollution, dirt, and unseen particles, and at the same time relieves itchiness. Eye Mo Daily Care can also be a solution for itchy eyes due to prolonged contact lens usage.
“As we transition to the new normal, it is important for us to form new habits that will help us navigate life in a pandemic,” says Mr. Weitarsa Hendarto, Sr. Vice President for Marketing & International Operations of Combiphar.
“We are pleased to announce the relaunch of Eye Mo Daily Care for the Philippines consumers. As a market leader, Eye Mo takes pride in educating consumers on the importance of taking care of their eyes. Daily hygiene of our eyes is very important, especially during the time of Pandemic. Eye Mo Daily Care will help Filipinos to clean their eyes every day and remove itchiness.
“With the launch of Eye Mo Daily Care, Eye Mo completes its current variants that include Eye Mo Red Eyes to relieve red eyes irritation and Eye Mo Moist to relieve dry and tired eyes,” he added.
Eye Mo also introduces its first endorser, trusted and respected young actor Ken Chan, whose advocacy on daily eye care aligns with the brand’s thrust of providing accessible eye care solutions. Ken has been a long-time Eye Mo user, keeping Eye Mo Daily Care at a ready on shoots, lock-in tapings, and even on ordinary activities such as running or doing sports. The multi-awarded actor uses Eye Mo Daily Care twice a day as part of his daily self-care routine.
“Our eyes offer a glimpse into our emotions as actors, this is why I make sure that my eyes are always in tip-top shape. Daily eye care is important to me not just for good hygiene, but also for good eye health and better eye protection in this pandemic. I always make sure that I pamper my eyes and give them the care they deserve.”
For this reason, Ken encourages daily eye care as we go about our day-to-day activities. “Even something as ordinary as commuting, or meeting new people, could be a precursor to possible contamination. Touching our face or eyes is almost second nature to us. It’s always best to have an eye drop handy for good measure.”
Daily eye care for overall eye health
As part of Eye Mo’s commitment to providing accessible eye care, the brand also shares tips on how to take care of your eyes:
1) When your eyes are itchy, don’t rub them. Washing with water is not enough. You can use an eye drop that can cleans your eyes and relieve itchiness e.g Eye Mo Daily Care.
2) Put together an eye care travel kit. When you don’t have access to soap and water for handwashing, having sanitary supplies on-hand is a great backup in the event you need to touch your eyes. Eye Mo Daily Care can be a good way to proactively manage potential eye irritation, therefore helping limit the need to touch or rub your eyes throughout the day.