Influence of Face Masks on the Use of Contact Lenses



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Martínez Pérez, Clara and Monteiro, Bruno and Soares, Mafalda and Portugues, Fatima and Matos, Sonia and Ferreira, Ana and Álvarez Peregrina, Cristina and Sánchez Tena, Miguel Ángel (2021) Influence of Face Masks on the Use of Contact Lenses. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (14). p. 7407. ISSN 1660-4601

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Background: The COVID-19 epidemic is largely controlled by the use of face masks. The use of a face mask has been indicated as a strong cause of dry eye, although it is not yet described in the literature. This study aims to compare the impact of the use of masks on the visual quality of patients. The symptoms in the human eye intensified during the pandemic versus the symptoms before the pandemic, in a Portuguese population. Methods: A fifteen-question questionnaire was conducted to find out what changes occurred in the use of soft contact lenses during the pandemic in relation to the use of masks. Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS 27.0 software (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA). Results: The use of contact lenses decreased compared with before the pandemic (p < 0.001). The number of hours of wear decreased significantly compared with before the pandemic (p < 0.001). The sensation of dry eyes was found to be worse in those using monthly replacement contact lenses (p = 0.034), and the need to remove contact lenses was more frequent in women (p = 0.026) after using a mask. Conclusions: Mask use increases dry eye symptoms in contact lens wearers, negatively impacting visual quality.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:contact lenses; mask; COVID-19
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Immunology
Medical sciences > Optics
Medical sciences > Optics > Contact lenses
ID Code:71018
Deposited On:09 Mar 2022 14:41
Last Modified:10 Mar 2022 08:21

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