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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 1263-1268

All India Ophthalmological Society - Preferred practice in refractive surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic

1 Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Nrayana Nethralaya, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Centre for Sight, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Pooja Khamar
Consultant, Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Narayana Nethralaya, 121/c, West of Chord Road, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1754_20

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Coronavirus pandemic has strained the healthcare system with mortality and morbidity. A number of elective surgeries have come to standstill due to lockdown and movement restrictions. Refractive surgery being a purely elective procedure and quite a fresh subset of ophthalmology, there is a lack of unanimity as to what precautions should be followed to resume the practice of same. This article attempts to highlight simple guidelines in accordance with an expert panel, which can be followed by all those involved directly or indirectly in refractive surgery services while addressing safety of doctors, supporting staff as well as patients as a primary concern.

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