Mask Associated Dry Eye (MADE).
Not many of us relish wearing a face mask but as the wearing of one is essential to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 here are some tips to help you if you are suffering from Mask Associated Dry Eye (MADE).
What causes MADE?
When wearing a mask your breathing out is channelled up and out over the top of the face mask. This then hits the surface of the eye and has a trying effect.
The movement of the air over the eye causes tears to evaporate and the eyes may feel dry, gritty, irritated, itchy, watery and look red. Not a great combination!
There is a solution to this. Ensure your mask fits well and if you have to wear it for a prolonged time, tape the top edge of the mask to your face.
Lubricating eye drops may also help and it is worth consulting your eye care professional for their recommendations. You may also want to limit time in air-conditioned environments where possible and if you wear a mask and use a digital device remember to take regular breaks. Apart from the air coming into your eyes from your outward breaths it is know that you blink less when you using a screen, drying your eyes even further.
Avoid touching your face and rubbing your eyes with unwashed hands.