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PREFERRED PRACTICE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 711-724

All India Ophthalmological Society – Indian Journal of Ophthalmology consensus statement on preferred practices during the COVID-19 pandemic


1 Future Vision Eye Care and Research Centre, and Associate Editor Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
3 President, All India Ophthalmological Society, Chairman, Centre for Sight, New Delhi, India
4 Secretary, All India Ophthalmological Society, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
5 Chief, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
6 Director, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
7 Vice Chairman, Narayana Nethralaya Eye Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
8 President, Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
9 Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
10 LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
11 Administrator, Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya, Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, India
12 Director, Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwhati, Assam, India
13 Executive Director, Dr Agarwal's Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
14 Chairman, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, President, Organised Medicine Academic Guild, and Immediate Past President, All India Ophthalmological Society, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
15 Director of Medical Education and Research of Maharashtra State, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Santosh G Honavar
Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, Telangana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_871_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken tragic proportions and has disrupted lives globally. In the wake of governmental lockdowns, ophthalmologists need practical and actionable guidelines based on advisories from national health departments on how to conduct their duties during nationwide lockdowns and after these are lifted. In this paper, we present a preferred practice pattern (PPP) based on consensus discussions between leading ophthalmologists and health care professionals in India including representatives from major governmental and private institutions as well as the All India Ophthalmological Society leadership. In this document, the expert panel clearly defines the range of activities for Indian ophthalmologists during the ongoing lockdown phase and precautions to be taken once the lockdown is lifted. Guidelines for triage, governmental guidelines for use of personal protective equipment from ophthalmologists' point of view, precautions to be taken in the OPD and operating room as well as care of various ophthalmic equipment have been described in detail. These guidelines will be applicable to all practice settings including tertiary institutions, corporate and group practices and individual eye clinics and should help Indian ophthalmologists in performing their professional responsibilities without being foci of disease transmission.


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