Important Coronavirus Updates for Ophthalmologists

COVID-19 update and resources for Ophthalmologists

The Irish College of Ophthalmologists is monitoring closely the advice and information from the Government, the Department of Health and the HSE in relation to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Ireland.

All medical and health care professionals should be working with their clinical management in developing protocols, in guidance from the appropriate organisations, to ensure that measures are put in place to identify and contain patients with symptoms of COVID-19.

As the number of people infected by COVID-19 continues to rise, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists joins the global medical community in educating our members on symptoms to look out for and how to respond.

Conjunctivitis is a possible symptom for the virus. Patients seen for conjunctivitis who also show respiratory symptoms and have recently traveled internationally should be evaluated for exposure. Ophthalmologists are encouraged to notify both their individual health care facilities and their local or state health departments immediately of any concerns. The British Journal of Ophthalmology just published an editorial urging ophthalmologists to take care when examining patients. 

You can find the American Academy of Ophthalmology guidelines for ophthalmologists here:

American Academy of Ophthalmology Important Advice for Ophthalmologists

The latest clinical guidance and updates from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists is posted at the following link:

https://rcophth.ac.uk/2020/03/covid-19-update-and-resources-for-ophthalmologists/

ICO members can access further clinical guidance and support resources on the members portal.  Please log in via this link 

Where to find the latest information for Ireland

For updates on the situation in Ireland, we recommend checking the following websites:

These websites will continue to be updated, as will the advice from health authorities around the world

Recommendations to prevent spread of infection

Standard recommendations to prevent spread of infection include:

  • regular hand washing

  • covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing

  • avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough or sneezing

See the latest updates and guidance of the World Health Organisation https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

How to prevent Covid-19

8th April 2020