The COVID-19 pandemic may have worsened symptoms for some people living with chronic dry eye (CDE). This is because wearing a face mask incorrectly may cause tears to evaporate faster. However, face masks remain key to preventing the airborne spread of COVID-19.1
While the pandemic is lessening in some areas, it is increasing in others. This is due to varying rates of vaccination against COVID-19 in some communities. It is also due to new variants developing in the virus that causes COVID-19.