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Importance of Masks in Practice

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many things have changed. One of the most impactful changes in everyday life is the mask regulation. Masks have become a public policy to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. However, not all municipalities are enforcing this recommendation, and some people are refusing to comply. Continue reading Importance of Masks in Practice

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What Does It Take to Return to Recreational Sports?

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many things have changed. Everyone’s wearing masks, there are hand sanitizer stations everywhere, and everyone’s forgoing crowds, including sporting events. Professional sports are still playing, but the stadiums are empty except for necessary personnel. While many are happy that these major organizations have returned to play, professionals aren’t the only ones who want play to resume. Continue reading What Does It Take to Return to Recreational Sports?

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Face Masks & Occasional Dry Eye

The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to many changes in our daily routines. From a spike in grocery deliveries and to-go orders to the shutdown of some bars and restaurants, this novel coronavirus’s impact on society has been great, and it isn’t over. One of the most encountered changes is the need to wear face protection when you’re out in public. Continue reading Face Masks & Occasional Dry Eye

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Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, our norms have shifted and changed, and we quickly had to learn and adapt to the “new normal.” Starting with the sudden shut down of the economy, eye care professionals had to quickly find their footing in a constantly changing environment. When practices were finally allowed to reopen, doctors learned that many things had changed drastically. Jacquie Bowen, OD, recognized many changes, but the changes to her “bedside manner” surprised her. Not only is she dressed head to toe in PPE gear, which hindered some face-to-face interaction, but her patients are also in masks. She now finds herself over-annunciating patient orders and being overly expressive with her eyes, so her patients can feel more at ease. Continue reading Lessons Learned from COVID-19