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Re: Cluster of chalazia in nurses using eye protection while caring for critically ill patients with COVID-19 in intensive care
  1. Daniel Edward Robert Beck,
  2. Pankaj Agarwal
  1. Ophthalmology, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Edward Robert Beck, Ophthalmology, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh EH3 9HA, UK; daniel.beck4{at}

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Dear Sir

We read with interest the letter by Mégarbane and Tadayoni.1

Following reports of increasing eyelid cysts occurring in our local intensive care departments, we conducted a survey of clinical staff there. We aimed to establish the frequency and nature of eyelid cysts reported and to investigate possible associations.

An online survey comprising 10 questions was distributed to all clinical staff working in intensive care. The respondents were asked if they had experienced any new eyelid cysts since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the necessity to regularly wear personal protective equipment (PPE). Pictures of different types of eyelid cysts including hordeola, chalazia, cysts of moll and cysts of zeis were provided and the respondents were asked to identify which type they had experienced. Further questions examined previous history of eyelid cysts, the type and duration of PPE worn by respondents. The survey also asked about eye protection and whether this was disposable or sterilised and re-used.

In total, there were 31 responses to the survey, comprising 49% of the medical …

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  • Contributors DERB: data collection and drafting of article. PA: background research, redrafting supervision.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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