YOUR RUNDOWN

Here’s another reason people don't love wearing masks ...

Mask-associated dry eye (MADE).

What is MADE?

When a mask is worn, especially if it's loose-fitting, most of the exhaled air is dispersed upward toward the ocular surface. The stream of air causes increased tear film evaporation, leading to dry eye issues.

What can we do?

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) offers three suggestions for patients:
1. Get a well-fitting mask and consider taping the top edge to prevent the flow of air toward the ocular surface.
2. Use lubricating drops.
3. Take breaks from using digital devices.

Looking for a patient education graphic for your social media?

Here's one. (via)


WHAT YOUR PATIENT MIGHT ASK YOU

Is there a way for me to monitor my IOP at home?

Not yet, but there is something cool in the works.

Injectsense announced that it has received a breakthrough device program designation from the FDA for its continuous IOP monitoring system for patients with glaucoma.

What is Injectsense?

It's a small implantable sensor that is delivered to the eye by injection during a 5-minute in-office procedure. Using the company's IOP Connect system, it can continuously monitor IOP. Here is a photo of the device.

When could this get approval?

We aren't close yet. However, now that the company has this new FDA designation, it's moving forward to in-depth animal and human studies. (via)


SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP

1 in 5

The number of patients with wet AMD who are lost to follow-up after receiving anti-VEGF injections. (via)

22.7

The percentage of Chinese children hospitalized with COVID who developed ocular symptoms. (via)

See you next week!