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PREFERRED PRACTICE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 1269-1276

A new normal with cataract surgery during COVID-19 pandemic


1 Cataract and Refractive Services, Cornea Institute, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Secretary, All India Ophthalmological Society, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 President, All India Ophthalmological Society, Chairman, Centre for Sight, New Delhi, India
4 Shekar Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
5 Treasurer, All India Ophthalmological Society, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
6 Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital and Eye Research Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
7 Choithram Netralaya, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
8 Chakrabarti Eye Care Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
9 P.D. Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
10 Sri Sadhguru Sewa Sangh Trust, Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, India
11 The Eye Foundation, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
12 Mehta International Eye Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
13 Disha Eye Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
14 Drishti Eye Institute, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
15 Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
16 Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati, Assam, India
17 The Vission Eye Center, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
18 Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
19 Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
20 DDU Hospital, New Delhi, India
21 Harsha Sai Eye Hospital, Nizamabad, Telangana, India
22 Prasad Netralaya, Udupi, Karnataka, India
23 MM Joshi Eye Hospital, Hubli, Karnataka, India
24 Kumaran Eye Speciality Center, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
25 Centre for Sight, New Delhi, India
26 Rajan Eye Care Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
27 Dr. Om Parkash Eye Institute, Amritsar, Punjab, India
28 Dr Gogate's Eye Clinic, Pune, Maharashtra, India
29 B.B. Eye Foundation, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
30 Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
31 J.J. Eye Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
32 LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
33 Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
34 Anand Eye Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
35 Nethradhama Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
36 Navjyoti Eye Hospital, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jagadesh C Reddy
Head, Cataract & Refractive Services, Cornea Institute, L V Prasad Eye Institute, L V Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1528_20

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Cataract is the second leading cause of preventable blindness on the globe. Several programs across the country have been running efficiently to increase the cataract surgical rates and decrease blindness due to cataract. The current COVID-19 pandemic has led to a complete halt of these programs and thus accumulating all the elective cataract procedures. At present with the better understanding of the safety precautions among the health care workers and general population the Government of India (GoI) has given clearance for functioning of eye care facilities. In order to facilitate smooth functioning of every clinic, in this paper, we prepared preferred practice pattern based on consensus discussions between leading ophthalmologists in India including representatives from major governmental and private institutions as well as the All India Ophthalmological Society leadership. These guidelines will be applicable to all practice settings including tertiary institutions, corporate and group practices and individual eye clinics. The guidelines include triage, use of personal protective equipment, precautions to be taken in the OPD and operating room as well for elective cataract screening and surgery. These guidelines have been prepared based on current situation but are expected to evolve over a period of time based on the ongoing pandemic and guidelines from GoI.


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