Glaucoma care during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic

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Abstract

Purpose of reviewThe current article reviews the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the delivery of ophthalmic, and specifically, glaucoma care.Recent findingsLiterature from the review period includes case series demonstrating the presence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 RNA in the conjunctival secretions of patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. The global ophthalmology community published reports outlining the enhanced infection control measures undertaken by different institutions around the world to mitigate transmission of the novel coronavirus. Telemedicine has been increasingly implemented in glaucoma practices to reduce in-office patient volume. New data regarding the efficacy and feasibility of tools for home monitoring of intraocular pressure, virtual visual field testing, and remote disc photography are reviewed.SummaryCOVID-19 has posed a global public health threat due to the severity of its contagion and associated morbidity and mortality. Glaucoma specialists have responded to the pandemic with innovative modifications to reduce viral transmission and optimize patient and staff safety in the office and operating room. The role of teleglaucoma has expanded and will continue to evolve as remote diagnostic devices undergo further refinement and validation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Ophthalmology
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • coronavirus
  • coronavirus disease
  • glaucoma
  • pandemic
  • telemedicine
  • teleophthalmology

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