Recommendations for ophthalmologic practice during the easing of COVID‐19 control measures

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Gegúndez Fernández, José Antonio and Llovet Osuna, Fernando and Fernández Vigo, José Ignacio and Mendicute del Barrio, Javier and Pablo Júlvez, Luis and Muñoz Negrete, Francisco José and Zarranz Ventura, Javier and Durán de la Colina, Juan and Rojas Silva, Victoria, de and Jiménez Alfaro, Íñigo and Calonge Cano, Margarita and Galindo Ferreiro, Alicia and Castillo Gómez, Alfredo and Mantolán Sarmiento, Cristina and Duch Samper, Antonio and Álvarez de Toledo-Elizalde, Juan and Duch Mestres, Francesc and Elies Amat, Daniel and Ortega Usobiaga, Julio and Saornil Álvarez, María Antonia and Villarrubia Cuadrado, Alberto and Garay Aramburu, Gonzaga and Fonollosa Carduch, Alejandro and Cordero Coma, Miguel and García Delpech, Salvador and Cárceles Cárceles, Juan Antonio and Benítez del Castillo, José Manuel and Gómez de Liaño, Pilar and Harto Castaño, Miguel and Arias Puente, Alfonso and García Layana, Alfredo and Oftalmológicas Españolas, Sociedades (2021) Recommendations for ophthalmologic practice during the easing of COVID‐19 control measures. Acta Ophthalmologica . ISSN 1755-375X

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Abstract

In the context of the COVID‐19 pandemic, this paper provides recommendations for medical eye care during the easing of control measures after lockdown. The guidelines presented are based on a literature review and consensus among all Spanish Ophthalmology Societies regarding protection measures recommended for the ophthalmologic care of patients with or without confirmed COVID‐19 in outpatient, inpatient, emergency and surgery settings. We recommend that all measures be adapted to the circumstances and availability of personal protective equipment at each centre and also highlight the need to periodically update recommendations as we may need to readopt more restrictive measures depending on the local epidemiology of the virus. These guidelines are designed to avoid the transmission of SARS‐CoV‐2 among both patients and healthcare staff as we gradually return to normal medical practice, to prevent postoperative complications and try to reduce possible deficiencies in the diagnosis, treatment and follow‐up of the ophthalmic diseases. With this update (5th) the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology is placed as one of the major ophthalmology societies providing periodic and systematized recommendations for ophthalmic care during the COVID‐19 pandemic.


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Version of Record online: 12 January 2021; Manuscript accepted: 07 December 2020; Manuscript received: 22 July 2020.

Uncontrolled Keywords:COVID-19; Eye care; Eye health; Lockdown easing; Pandemic; PErsonal prpotective equipment;
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Communicable diseases
Medical sciences > Medicine > Ophtalmology
Medical sciences > Medicine > Public health
ID Code:63771
Deposited On:31 Jan 2021 16:22
Last Modified:01 Feb 2021 09:09

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