|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 8 | Page : 1712-1713
A simple solution to prevent microscope eyepiece fogging and spectacle fogging in COVID-19 era
Bharat Gurnani1, Kirandeep Kaur2, Kapil Mishra3, Rengaraj Venkatesh4
1 Cornea and Refractive Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Pondicherry, India
2 Pediatric and Squint Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Pondicherry, India
3 Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, United States of America
4 Glaucoma Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Pondicherry, India
|Date of Web Publication||24-Jul-2020|
Dr. Kirandeep Kaur
Fellow Pediatric and Squint Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Pondicherry
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Gurnani B, Kaur K, Mishra K, Venkatesh R. A simple solution to prevent microscope eyepiece fogging and spectacle fogging in COVID-19 era. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:1712-3
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Gurnani B, Kaur K, Mishra K, Venkatesh R. A simple solution to prevent microscope eyepiece fogging and spectacle fogging in COVID-19 era. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 10];68:1712-3. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2020/68/8/1712/290390
Despite brisk and extensive developments in ocular surgery, surgeons continue to face the problem of recurrent fogging of their spectacles and microscope eyepieces while performing surgery. With surgeons now wearing masks and face shield to protect against COVID-19, fogging seems to be a major issue. This has emphasized the need for maintaining surfaces devoid of fogging. The lens fogging occurs due to an imbalance between the temperature of the eyepiece, airway cavity, and relative humidity of the environment resulting in condensation of small water droplets [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b., Some of other challenges faced by the surgeons are reduced stereoacuity, fogging of teaching binoculars (side-scope), application of a plastic tape over the surgical mask before surgery [Figure 1]c and also lowering the upper mask strap to encourage easy breathing [Figure 1]d.
|Figure 1: (a) Image depicting fogging of microscope eyepiece lenses with the condensation of small water droplets (white arrowhead). (b) Image depicting fogging of spectacle lenses while performing routine ophthalmic surgery (black arrowhead). (c) Image depicting the application of the plastic tape over the surgical mask by the ophthalmic surgeon before starting the surgery to prevent fogging (black arrowhead). (d) Image depicting the surgeon lowering the surgical mask strap to encourage breaths to escape downward (black arrowhead)|
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For our rescue, the medical grade anti-fog solutions [Figure 2]a have come as a boon. The anti-fog solution can be easily procured as a spray or pre-moistened towelette from the market at an inexpensive cost. They work by reducing the surface tension, allows formation of a uniform film of water and improves clarity. This also ensures no scratches on the optical devices. The solution is applied with a sterilized dry cotton swab or sprayed directly onto the eyepiece [Figure 2]b and then, the eyepiece is cleaned with a sponge provided with the solution and allowed to dry [Figure 2]b. The big advantage is that the solution holds good for approximately 6 hours.
|Figure 2: (a) Image depicting medical-grade anti-fog solution with an anti-scratch sponge for cleaning the microscope eyepieces. (b) Image depicting microscope eyepiece being cleaned with an anti-scratch sponge after anti-fog solution application (black arrowhead)|
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Hence as a result, surgeons have noted a clear, unobstructed view throughout their cases. The spectacled surgeons have found it very beneficial during the surgical procedures as there is no need for regular plastic tape application. As our medical team members are wearing masks throughout the examination, this can also be a solution for fogging in face shield, slit lamp eyepieces, fundus lenses, refraction lenses, and glasses.
One of its limitations is that the solution can't be sterilized. In future, if we find a way to sterilize it, can also be tried for Vitreoretinal surgeries using a Binocular Indirect Ophthalmo Microscope (BIOM, Oculus, Wetziar, Germany). This simple innovative and reproducible technique may help maximize surgical output, minimize complications during ophthalmic surgery and will be a boon for health care workers during this growing coronavirus pandemic.
Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Pondicherry.
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