Avoiding Diagnostic Lens Fogging During the COVID-19 Era: Options to Consider [Response To Letter]
David Pérez González,1 Anat Loewenstein,1 Dan D Gaton2
1Department of Ophthalmology, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Rabin Medical Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel
Correspondence: David Pérez González
Department of Ophthalmology, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Weizmann Street #6, Tel Aviv 6423906, Israel
We would like to thank Gorgoli et al1 for their interest in our article.2 Our suggested method is certainly not the only one, and the more the ophthalmic community will have, the better.
We share the concerns of what Gorgoli et al raised, where touching the upper part of the mask may expose us to more significant contamination, either by contact with eye secretions or by touching the mask’s infected area. However, as we mentioned in our article, and as is also widely expressed in recent literature, infection by ocular secretions has not been fully demonstrated.3 Also, there is no evidence in the literature that touching the mask has any negative outcome neither for the ophthalmologist nor for the patient. The gloves are highly suggested in our method and with a little practice, one can hold the mask and not touch the diagnostic lens at all times until the gloves are changed, therefore with less risk of contaminating the medical equipment.
This is in response to the Letter to the Editor
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