Face Mask-Associated Ocular Irritation and Dryness

Ophthalmol Ther. 2020 Sep;9(3):397-400. doi: 10.1007/s40123-020-00282-6. Epub 2020 Jul 15.


During the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic, the concern for reducing disease transmission has led to a worldwide increase in face mask utilization. During this period, we have observed a corresponding increase in ocular irritation and dryness among regular mask users. This finding has not been previously described in the literature but has important implications on eye health and infection prevention, as mask use is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus; Dry eye; Exposure keratopathy; Face mask; Keratitis; Keratopathy; Mask; PPE; Personal protective equipment.