COVID-19: Preliminary Clinical Guidelines for Ophthalmology Practices

Gharebaghi R, Moshirfar M, Desuatels J, Parvizi M, Daryabari S-H, Heidary F, COVID-19: Preliminary Clinical Guidelines for Ophthalmology Practices. Med Hypothesis Discov Innov Ophthalmol. 2020 Summer; 9(2): 149-158.

10 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2020

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Reza Gharebaghi

Kish International Campus, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Jordan Desuatels

Brown University

Majid Moshirfar

University of Utah

Maryam Parvizi

Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Seyed-Hashem Daryabari

Basir Eye Health Research Center

Fatemeh Heidary

Taleghani Hospital, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences

Date Written: April 6, 2020

Abstract

The zoonotic Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and its resultant human coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recently appeared as a global health threat that can cause severe respiratory infection and terminal respiratory distress. By the first week of April, more than 1.3 million people had been globally infected and more than 70,000 had lost their lives to this contagious virus.

Clinical manifestations occur shortly after exposure, or a few days later. There is controversy regarding the transmission of the virus through the tear and conjunctiva; however, there are reports that the ocular surface might be a potential target for COVID-19. The ease of transmission of this virus at close proximity presents a risk to eyecare workers. Several recommendations have been issued by local and national organizations to address the issue of safe ophthalmic practice during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines have numerous similarities; however, subtle differences exist. The purpose of this paper was to discuss measures, with a specific focus on standard precautions, to prevent further dissemination of COVID-19 at Eye Clinics. We have proposed procedures to triage suspected cases of COVID-19, considering emergency conditions.

Note: Funding: None.

Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest has been presented.

Suggested Citation

Gharebaghi, Reza and Desuatels, Jordan and Moshirfar, Majid and Parvizi, Maryam and Daryabari, Seyed-Hashem and Heidary, Fatemeh, COVID-19: Preliminary Clinical Guidelines for Ophthalmology Practices (April 6, 2020). Gharebaghi R, Moshirfar M, Desuatels J, Parvizi M, Daryabari S-H, Heidary F, COVID-19: Preliminary Clinical Guidelines for Ophthalmology Practices. Med Hypothesis Discov Innov Ophthalmol. 2020 Summer; 9(2): 149-158., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3572132

Reza Gharebaghi

Kish International Campus, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran ( email )

Jordan Desuatels

Brown University ( email )

Box 1860
Providence, RI 02912
United States

Majid Moshirfar

University of Utah ( email )

1645 E. Campus Center
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States

Maryam Parvizi

Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences ( email )

Velenjak Street, Shahid Chamran High Way
Tehran
Iran

Seyed-Hashem Daryabari

Basir Eye Health Research Center ( email )

Fatemeh Heidary (Contact Author)

Taleghani Hospital, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences ( email )

Ahvaz
Iran

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