Face mask wearing advice issued

To mark National Eye Health Week (21-27 September), the College of Optometrists has issued advice on how to wear a face mask, maintain healthy eyes and see clearly.

The College has published steps to minimise eye discomfort, and created a YouTube video on ‘How to avoid dry and uncomfortable eye whilst using a face mask‘.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, clinical adviser at the College of Optometrists, said: “As you breathe out, air is directed out of the top of your mask and is blown over the surface of your eye. This may result in your tears becoming disrupted and evaporating more quickly which can cause discomfort and a gritty feeling where your eyes may become watery and look red or sore.

“We know from our own research that 22 per cent of people noticed their vision deteriorate during lockdown, so we are urging these people and anyone who is having issues with their eyes to contact their local optometrist. All practices will be following government guidance and optometrists wearing PPE, to ensure that your visit is safe.”

Read more about this story on College of Optometrists’ website here – and visit its patient website at www.lookafteryoureyes.org