MADE for COVID-19: Dry Eye Pandemic

The beginning of 2021 saw the New South Wales and Victorian governments introduce mandatory use of masks in indoor settings to prevent transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV- 2). Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the use of face masks in the general population unlike ever before. Although specialised face-conforming N95 respirators are used by some, cloth masks and/or single-use surgical masks are used by most of the public and these do not fit tightly against the face. A surprising consequence has been an anecdotal increase in dry eye symptoms with such loose-fitting masks.

Learn more about Mask Associated Dry Eyes and how to prevent it in this fact sheet.

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