3 Ways to Combat Mask-Associated Dry Eye

| Posted on January 5, 2021
3 ways to combat mask-associated dry eye
Are you experiencing one of the following things, most noticeably after a day of sustained mask-wearing? If so, you could be experiencing Mask-Associated Dry Eye.
  • Watery, gritty, dry, or red eyes
  • Scratchy, stinging, or burning feelings
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
Mask-Associate Dry Eye is quickly becoming commonplace, especially for frontline workers and those who work in careers that involve long hours of mask-wearing including teaching and the medical industry. But there is a solution! By following these three steps, you can help keep your eyes refreshed and healthy while helping to alleviate and prevent symptoms of Mask-Associated Dry Eye:

1- Proper Mask Fit

Start by having your mask properly fitted, especially when wearing glasses. This will ensure you are reducing the spread of outward air so it won’t be forced upward over the eyes. Masks with adjustable nose bridges and earloops will help you better adjust the fit to your face. Having trouble getting a close fit? Consider using a small piece of tape along the top edge of your mask.
Infographic regarding mask-associated dry eye from the Centre for Ocular Research and Education and the University of Waterloo describing the cause of and solutions for mask-associated dry eye
Graphic courtesy of the Centre for Ocular Research and Education, the University of Waterloo, and CovidEyeFacts.org

2- Relieve Your Mask Associated Dry Eye Symptoms

Second, naturally alleviate your dry eye symptoms with the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress. The hydrating eye compress slows tear evaporation as the moist heat works to improve meibomian oil gland production, which alleviates discomfort.

The Bruder compress’s two-pod design comfortably fits over the eye sockets, which concentrates the heat directly onto your eyes, not your forehead or cheeks. To use, microwave the mask for 20 seconds and wear it for 8-10 minutes. The compress is also washable and reusable. To clean it, wait two hours after use, then hand wash in cold water with mild detergent and air dry for 24 hours before using it again.

3- Take Easy Steps to Help Improve Overall Eye Health

Lastly, just like your oral hygiene routine, a daily eyelid and lash cleaning regimen is a doctor-recommended way to help improve your overall eye health and decrease eye discomfort and symptoms. The Bruder Hygienic Eyelid Care Kit, which includes the moist heat compress, the Bruder Hygienic Eyelid Cleansing Wipes, the Bruder Hygienic Eyelid Solution and the Bruder Hygienic Eyelid Sheets, work together to improve your overall eye health and decrease eye discomfort and symptoms. The wipes help remove all bacteria, allergens, makeup and more while the spray reduces bacterial growth and other microorganisms all while helping you fight the risk of eye infection and inflammation.

Just like your oral hygiene routine, a daily eyelid and lash cleaning regimen is a doctor-recommended way to help improve your overall eye health and decrease eye discomfort and symptoms.

Remember that it’s important not to rub your eyes as this can further damage and irritate your eyes and can also increase the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before touching your mask, eyes and face to preserve the steps you’ve taken to help alleviate your Mask-Associated Dry Eye.

With these three steps, you’re ready to face the world and help keep your eyes feeling refreshed through each mask use!

Ready to improve your eye care? Order the #1 Doctor Recommended family of eye care products

Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress

Warm compress for the treatment of dry eye, blepharitis and other eye irritations.

Bruder Hygienic Eyelid Care Kit to help with eyelid and lash hygiene and health as well as dry eye and allergy symptoms
Bruder Hygienic Eyelid Care Kit
An easy way to start a daily eye hygiene routine helping relieve symptoms of dry eye, blepharitis, eye discomfort, and more.
Bruder Cold Therapy Eye Compress
Bruder Cold Therapy Eye Compress
Use from the freezer to reduce inflammation and swelling. Excellent post-operative compress.

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