Medical Masks vs Cloth Masks (5 Ways to Wear Your Protective Mask)

Posted: Nov, 10 3:30 AM PT | Last updated Nov 10, 2020

Should I Wear a Medical Mask When Visiting My Eye Doctor at Metrotown?

The College of Optometrists of BC advises the use of medical masks by patients while in the clinic since physical distancing may not be possible throughout testing and assessment. Each patient and visitor is required to wear a medical mask while in our office to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Which Types of Masks are Best Rated?

Medical Masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives; the use of a mask alone is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection against COVID-19.

Medical masks or procedure masks are flat or pleated have a barrier to stop spreading droplets and are fixed snug to the head with straps. Wearing a medical mask is one of the prevention methods to limit the transmission of COVID-19.

Cloth masks reduce the spread of large respiratory droplets when you sneeze or cough. However, these masks offer minimal protection to the wearer.



Visiting Our Metrotown Optometrist Team

During your visit with the Real Eyes Optometry team in Burnaby. Our Optometrists Dr. Shaun Pati, Dr. Amit Sahota and Dr. Tony Wang use medical masks. We use plexiglass on our eye care equipment for face-to-face interactions and ensure everyone’s safety.

For patients who do not have the required 3 layer filtration system masks, we have you covered and are selling them in office.




Make Sure You Have the Right Mask. Stay Safe – Real Eyes Optometry


Coronavirus face medical masks FAQs
  • How effective are neck gaiters?
  • How effective are bandanas?
  • What’s the right way to wear a medical mask?
  • When should masks be worn?
  • Can I make my own cloth mask?

Check out the BC CDC Face Mask List for answers to the above.

Wear your Medical Masks Correctly

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
  • Put the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Medical masks fit snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head.
  • If you have to continually adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit properly, and you might need to find a different mask type or brand.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.

Take Off Your Mask Carefully, When You’re Home

  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place mask in the washing machine
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash your hands immediately after removing.

Will masks become the ‘new normal’ even after the pandemic has passed

Some countries have shifted their cultures and embraced mask-wearing in public places, transportation or in crowded shopping malls, when individuals are feeling a bit under the weather. For those with auto-immune diseases, that would be a positive shift.

It is possible to curb COVID flare-ups, protect immunocompromised people who can’t develop full immunity and benefit us all by staving off the flu and other viral illnesses through use of medical masks. Of course, we all know it’s not that simple: Masks have been a point of contention since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started recommending their use. Some people acknowledge that they have been forever changed by the pandemic, particularly when it comes to hygiene practices like hand-washing and masks.

When we are all willing to wear masks, even just in certain situations, the mask both loses its stigma and gains power to protect all of us from both big threats like Covid-19, and smaller threats like the flu. One day in the near future, mask-wearing can signal that we care about others’ health, and about our own.