Ophthalmology practice during the COVID-19 pandemic

Khaled Safadi, Joshua M. Kruger, Itay Chowers, Abraham Solomon, Radgonde Amer, Hamzah Aweidah, Shahar Frenkel, Hadas Mechoulam, Irene Anteby, Hadas Ben Eli, Itay Lavy, Tarek Jaouni, David Landau, Liran Tiosano, Gabriel Greifner, Shay Ofir, Tamar Levi Vineberg, Jaime Levy*

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Abstract

Objective To present an established practice protocol for safe and effective hospital-setting ophthalmic practice during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Methods and Analysis Literature was reviewed to identify articles relevant to COVID-19 pandemic and ophthalmology. The following keywords were used: COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and telemedicine, combined with eye, ophthalmology, conjunctivitis and tears. Data were extracted from the identified manuscripts and discussed among subspecialists to obtain consensus evidence-based practice. Results A protocol for ophthalmic practice in the era of COVID-19 pandemic was established. The protocol covered patient screening, clinic flow, required personal protective equipment and modifications of ophthalmic equipment for improved safety. Conclusion Important literature emerged with respect to the practice of ophthalmology in the era of COVID-19. An evidence-based ophthalmic practice protocol was established and should be modified in the future to accommodate new insights on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numbere000487
JournalBMJ Open Ophthalmology
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Apr 2020

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Keywords

  • public health

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