COVID-19 and Dry Eye

Shizuka Koh, Michelle K. Rhee

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The aim of this article is to review the literature on the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on dry eye disease (DED). A literature search on dry eye and COVID-19 was performed. Most current studies focus on DED in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or dry eye symptoms in random populations of students and medical staff. Real-world dry eye practices revealed a variety of responses, possibly related to local environmental factors and lifestyle. Patients recovered from COVID-19 warrant ocular surface surveillance for DED. Pandemic mitigation strategies including remote work/school/leisure and mask wearing affect dry eye practices globally. Heightened reiteration of dry eye management for environmental and behavioral modifications, visual display terminals, and mask wearing with attention to its effects on the ocular surface is increasingly important as this pandemic continues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-322
Number of pages6
JournalEye and Contact Lens
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2021


  • Covid-19
  • Dry eye
  • Real-world practice


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