Erosion of the eyes occurs on the cornea of the eye itself. It is a kind of corneal scratch.
The cornea is a colorless, anterior layer of the eye whose primary purpose is to protect our eye. There are many types of erosions, some can be more easily treated with ophthalmologist-recommended drops, while others can end with surgery.
Regardless of the cause of the erosion of the eye, it is very important to recognize the symptoms at that moment and explain them to your ophthalmologist.
Symptoms of corneal erosion may include:
- Redness, swelling,
- Severe eye pain,
- Decreased visual acuity.
Protective masks have been part of our wardrobe for 2 years now. Proper and careful placement of the mask on your face will protect you from possible injuries or scratches on your eyes. These injuries are generally not dangerous, but can be painful. However, if left untreated, they can lead to eye infections that can cause serious eye and vision complications.
If something gets in your eye, injures you or scratches you with a protective mask, be sure to consult your ophthalmologist.
How to properly put on and take off the protective mask on your face to prevent eye erosion:
Step 1: Wash your hands or disinfect them.
Step 2: Remove the mask from the protective foil and check its condition.
Step 3: Check which side the mask is on. The metal part of the mask goes over your nose. The white part of the mask is for the inside, while the blue part should be seen from the outside. If you use a mask KN95 then you just need to make sure the metal cover is above your nose.
Step 4: Depending on the type of mask you wear, follow those instructions.
Face mask with ear loop
Hold the mask for the loops and place it on your face, first on one ear and then on the other.
Face mask with binding
Bring the mask to the level of the nose and place the laces on the top of the head and tie them. Then take the lower laces, one in each hand, and fasten them with a bow on the back of the head.
Face mask attached to an adaptive strap
Hold the mask over its top, allowing the headbands to hang freely under your arms. Bring the mask to the level of your nose and pull the top bar over your head so that it rests above the top of your head. Pull the lower strap over your head so that it rests on the back of the head.
Step 5: Press the metal switch to position it on your nose, leaving no room for air to enter or leave.
Step 6: Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.
It is very important not to touch your eyes with the protective mask to avoid erosion (scratching) or eye injury. Also, the protective mask must lie nicely on the nose so that there is no room for hot air to be directed towards your eyes and dry the eyes.
Unfortunately, the pandemic is still going on and protective masks must be worn everywhere. Proper and careful application of the protective mask on your face is crucial to avoid erosion (scratches) in the eye from the protective mask. If you happen to injure yourself with a protective mask, be sure to consult our ophthalmologists on duty.