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 rapidly 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:
The latest clinical guidance and updates from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists is posted at the following link:
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:
The Department of Health provides information on the national approach to prevention and control of Covid-19 as the situation evolves: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/
The Irish Government has announced measures to protect citizens by delaying the spread of Covid-19. Details of these measures can be found here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ea1c30-updated-measures-in-response-to-covid-19-coronavirus
Detailed information for health professionals in different care settings is available from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. Check it also for regular updates and links to the latest from WHO and the European Centre for Disease Control: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/
The Health Service Executive provides information and advice for the general public at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
The following advice in relation to regulation and the Medical Council during COVID-19 has been published on the Medical Council website:
- The Department of Foreign Affairs has travel advice on a country by country basis: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/
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
25th March 2020