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PREFERRED PRACTICE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 1533-1539

COVID-19 guidelines for optometry and optical services post-lockdown


1 Turakhia Opticians, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Saoji Vision Care, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
3 Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, India (ASCO, India), India
4 Optometry Council of India (OCI), Bangalore, India
5 Sankara Nethralaya, Unit of Medical Research Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
6 Indian Optometric Association (IOA), Bangalore, India
7 International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE), Bangalore, India
8 L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
9 Indian Optometry Federation, New Delhi, India
10 Optometry Council of India (OCI); International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Ms. Lakshmi Shinde
CEO, Optometry Council of India, 5&6, Vasu Complex, New BEL Road, Bengaluru – 560054, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1827_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruption in everyone's lives globally. Optometrists, being primary health care professionals are at a higher risk of infection in their practices during these testing times. Optometrists and optical store owners need practically implementable guidelines as lockdown gets lifted in various parts of our country. As these practices gear up to provide eye examination and vision correction to people, they need to take necessary precautions to avoid any cross contaminations. Optometry Council of India guidelines were circulated among optometry and optical associations and among experts in various optometry specialty. A consensus among various bodies were arrived. These guidelines provide recommendation for optical and optometry practices.


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