Optometrists see more eye irritation cases due to masks

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Doctors say wearing masks don’t stop oxygen from getting to your lungs, but it could have other health effects.

Oak Hill optometrist Dr. Cassandra Ortiz says her office has seen an uptick in stye cases. When you breathe out, your mask often forces the air towards your eyes, carrying bacteria with it.

“What’s most important is to make sure you wash your eyelids and your eyelashes off every evening, just like you wash your face and you brush your teeth,” said Dr. Ortiz. “Make sure your eyes get a good clean, get all that bacteria and all that pollen off.”

Dr. Ortiz says she has also seen an increase in dry eye cases.

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