Making Masks and Helping Out: Optical Community Finds Inspiration on Instagram

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NEW YORK—Although people around the world are spending more time at home than usual, many communities are coming together online to find ways they can help from a distance—and the optical community is no different. While opticians and optometrists are busy providing emergency appointments, many have taken to social media to share helpful information where they can in their free time. In addition to physical and mental health tips, many members of the optical community are coming together online to discuss masks—where to get them, how to make them, and tips and tricks for wearing them comfortably. Here, we take a look at how the community is getting masked. At left, Cheryl Murphy, OD, of Northport, New York, used YouTube to learn how to make masks after closing her practice temporarily due to the pandemic. Read More