Challenges and Future Implications for Ophthalmologists in COVID-19 Environment

Doi: 10.36351/pjo.v37i4.1254

  • Ambreen Gull Department of Ophthalmology, Rawalpindi Medical University, Rawalpindi
  • Maryam Noor Department of Ophthalmology, Rawalpindi Medical University, Rawalpindi
  • Fuad Ahmad Khan Niazi Department of Ophthalmology, Rawalpindi Medical University, Rawalpindi
Keywords: COVID-19, Personal Protective Equipment, Ophthalmologists, Pandemic, Health care workers.

Abstract

In this brief communication, we have highlighted the challenges confronted by Ophthalmologists during COVID-19 pandemic and formulated steps to develop a comprehensive strategy towards minimizing risk of infection transmission between health care workers and patients. To reduce the risk of cross infection, screening and triaging of the patients was done at very initial stage with only high risk patients (red category) were seen directly on slit lamp biomicroscope with PPE. Green and yellow category (low risk) patients were seen via teaching aids or LCDS and telemedicine methods. Elective surgeries were postponed. Less number of attendants were allowed with the patients. Continued teaching services for undergraduate and post graduate students were done by online methods like zoom or Microsoft teams meeting. Departmental meetings were planned via video conferencing (zoom or Microsoft teams). Recommendations are made in this article to ensure safe access to specialized health care in face of COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Words:  COVID-19, Personal Protective Equipment, Ophthalmologists, Pandemic, Health care workers.

Published
2021-09-23
How to Cite
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Gull A, Noor M, Khan Niazi FA. Challenges and Future Implications for Ophthalmologists in COVID-19 Environment. pjo [Internet]. 23Sep.2021 [cited 28Oct.2021];37(4). Available from: https://pjo.org.pk/index.php/pjo/article/view/1254