Recommendations and guidance for ophthalmologists regarding COVID-19 are evolving quickly, and updates frequently change from day by day.
Thomas M. Brunner, president and CEO of the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF), issued a statement offering tips for ophthalmologists who must continue to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the statement, Brunner shared some frequently asked questions and answers from our glaucoma specialist advisors that may be helpful.
Please also visit the GRF website: www.glaucoma.org for more information about COVID-19 and glaucoma.
Brunner noted that office visits are cancelled unless there are unusual symptoms or an urgent need. “According to the latest information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, clinicians should postpone those outpatient visits and procedures that can be safely delayed, particularly in elderly patients and those with comorbidities,” Brunner said in the statement. It also is a good idea for patients to have extra medications.
“It’s always good to keep an extra supply of your regular medications in the event of an emergency whether illness, or a pandemic like now,” he said.
Should a patient have to be hospitalized for any reason, having extra medications they can take with them will help them maintain their regular eye care to preserve their vision. Brunner agreed with current positions that elective surgeries should be postponed.
“Where surgery isn’t an emergency or urgently needed it should be postponed for two reasons,” he said. “First, to avoid unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus, and second to preserve scarce supplies and hospital beds for those impacted directly by the pandemic.”