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.