While the current situation brings great uncertainty, Brunner also noted that following the latest guidelines for preventing disease transmission through isolation and cleanliness is expected to slow and ultimately end the spread of the disease.
Brunner added that officials at the Glaucoma Research Foundation also is practicing social distancing to ensure the safety of its staff.
“The team at GRF is working safely from our homes to continue to advance our mission to cure glaucoma and restore vision through innovative research and to provide information and education about glaucoma,” he said. “Our goal of a world free from glaucoma is as important as ever while we encourage everyone to take all necessary precautions to preserve health and vision in the near term.”
Brunner also noted it is imperative for everyone to take their health and their vision seriously.
“Working together we’ll overcome the current pandemic and together we’ll advance research to cure glaucoma and restore vision,” he said.
The GRF is the latest group to offer advice to its members, following the lead of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which last week advised its members to immediately stop routine surgical and in-office visits.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Ophthalmology now finds it essential that all ophthalmologists cease providing any treatment other than urgent or emergent care immediately,” the AAO said in a statement.