Optometrists are slowly returning to work, but the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over.

Complimentary contact lenses for front-line hospital workers.

CooperVision is providing US eye care providers with complimentary contact lens refills to extend to essential hospital workers fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals must be presently working at a US hospital to fight COVID-19 and have a current contact lens prescription. Through the program, which will end on June 5, 2020, essential hospital workers may receive one box of CooperVision contact lenses for each eye.

Need a shield for your phoropter?

This one fits most models, creates a breath barrier between doctor and patient, and can be cleaned with soap and water or most disinfectants.

Feel better with full face protection?

Some of us practice in environments that may occasionally require a little extra protection. SimulEYE’s Personnel Shield has an adjustable strap and extra-large shield that provides full face protection without restricting vision or movement.

All things PPE.

Zeiss has put together a resource of information and tools to help keep eye care practitioners and their patients safe. Included are recommended cleaning and disinfecting procedures for Zeiss ophthalmic devices, guidance on practicing social distancing with patient exams using Zeiss Cirrus OCT, a form to get a free protective slit lamp breath shield, and more.


Could I be allergic to my eyelash extensions?

You sure could! An allergic reaction can occur due to contact with the glue or adhesive used to attach the eyelashes. Many of these glues and adhesives contain formaldehyde, lead, or benzoic acid.

Typical symptoms include redness, irritation, and itchiness of the eyes and/or eyelids and can appear within a few minutes to a few hours of the eyelashes being applied. Patients may experience an allergic reaction in one or both eyes. Those with a mild reaction may be able to treat their symptoms at home with eye drops, cold compresses, antihistamines, and/or hydrocortisone cream or ointment. Patients with severe symptoms should see their doctor for treatment.

Tell me more.

Certain people are more prone to react to eyelash extensions: those with alopecia, allergies to latex or other adhesives, those receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment, those with trichotillomania, and those who are already experiencing inflammation or irritation in the eyes.

The take home:

Patients should remove eyelash extensions as soon as they experience an allergic reaction and avoid getting extensions again in the future. (via)


Fear of vision loss with facedown treatment for COVID-19.

According to an article on the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s website, some patients with COVID-19 who are on ventilators are being placed on their stomachs to boost the amount of oxygen in their blood, which could put them at risk for vision loss. About two out of every 1,000 patients who lie facedown for hours during spinal surgery wake up with permanent vision loss, but so far, there have been no reports of vision loss due to COVID-19.

Good news: I’m back next week! Until then, stay healthy and safe.