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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 1258-1262

All India Ophthalmological Society - Eye Bank Association of India consensus statement on guidelines for cornea and eyebanking during COVID-19 era


1 Secretary, All India Ophthalmological Society, Secretary, Eye Bank Association of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore, India
3 Consultant, Eye Bank Association of India, All India Ophthalmological Society, New Delhi, India
4 Treasurer, All India Ophthalmological Society, Secretary Indian Society of Cornea & Keratorefractive Surgeons, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
5 President, Cornea Society of India, Gokhale Eye Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
6 Director, Cornea Clinic, Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad, India
7 President, Indian Society of Cornea & Keratorefractive Surgeons, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
8 Past President, Cornea Society of India, Maskati Eye Clinic, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
9 President, Eye Bank Association of India, Mukherjee Eye Clinic, New Delhi, India
10 President, All India Ophthalmological Society, Chairman, Centre for Sight, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Namrata Sharma
Professor, Cornea and Refractive Surgery Services, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1554_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it the huge burden of mortality and morbidity across the world and the added effects of the mandatory lockdown measures to try and control the spread. A number of aspects of healthcare including eye donation and eye collection require adequate safety precautions in place to keep both the involved healthcare workers and patients safe. This paper highlights the consensus-based guidelines by an expert panel on how to restart eye banking and eye collection services and carry out emergency corneal surgeries during this COVID-19 time. These guidelines will be applicable to all eye banks across the country and should help ophthalmologists and eye banking staff to restart eye banking while safeguarding themselves and their patients.


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