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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 962-973

Evolving consensus on managing vitreo-retina and uvea practice in post-COVID-19 pandemic era

1 Advanced Eye Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarha, India
2 Aravind Eye Hospital Chennai, India
3 LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
4 Prakash Netra Kendr, Lucknow, India
5 Dr. RP.Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
6 Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, India
7 Retina Institute of Karnataka, Bengaluru, India
8 Narayana Nethralaya Eye Institute, Bengaluru, India
9 Eydox Eye Hospital, Chennai, India
10 Shroff Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi, India
11 Vision Plus Eye Centre, NOIDA, India
12 Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India
13 Sarakshi Nethralaya, Nagpur, India
14 Army Hospital R&R, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi, India
15 National Healthcare Group Eye Institute, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
16 Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai, India
17 Centre for Sight, New Delhi, India
18 Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India
19 Giridhar Eye Hospital, Kochi, India
20 LV Prasad Eye Institute, Visakhapatnam, India
21 Regional Institute of Ophthalmology Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, India
22 Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Vishali Gupta
Vitreo-Retina and Uvea Services, Advanced Eye Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1404_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to the health care community. Many of the super-speciality practices are planning to re-open after the lockdown is lifted. However there is lot of apprehension in everyone's mind about conforming practices that would safeguard the patients, ophthalmologists, healthcare workers as well as taking adequate care of the equipment to minimize the damage. The aim of this article is to develop preferred practice patterns, by developing a consensus amongst the lead experts, that would help the institutes as well as individual vitreo-retina and uveitis experts to restart their practices with confidence. As the situation remains volatile, we would like to mention that these suggestions are evolving and likely to change as our understanding and experience gets better. Further, the suggestions are for routine patients as COVID-19 positive patients may be managed in designated hospitals as per local protocols. Also these suggestions have to be implemented keeping in compliance with local rules and regulations.

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