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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 974-980

All India Ophthalmological Society - Oculoplastics Association of India consensus statement on preferred practices in oculoplasty and lacrimal surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic

1 Govindram Seksaria, Institute of Dacryology, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Orbit, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery and Ophthalmic Oncology Service, Department of Ophthalmology, Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery and Ocular Oncology, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Wadala, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
5 Visitec Eye Centre, New Delhi, India
6 Orbit and Oculoplasty Service, Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati, Assam, India
7 Department of Ophthalmology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
8 Orbit and Oculoplasty Service, Narayana Netralaya, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
9 Department of Ophthalmology, Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, India
10 Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
11 Orbit, Oculoplasty and Ocular Oncology Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
12 Orbit and Oculoplasty Service, Nethradhama Super Speciality Eye Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
13 Orbit, Oculoplasty, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Services, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
14 Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
15 Centre for Sight, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
16 Advanced Eye Care Center, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Raghuraj Hegde
Orbit, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery and Ophthalmic Oncology Service, Department of Ophthalmology, Manipal Hospital, HAL Airport Road, Bengaluru - 560 017, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1415_20

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Oculoplastic surgeries encompass both emergency surgeries for traumatic conditions and infectious disorders as well as elective aesthetic procedures. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a drastic change in this practice. Given the highly infectious nature of the disease as well as the global scarcity of medical resources; it is only prudent to treat only emergent conditions during the pandemic as we incorporate evidence-based screening and protective measures into our practices. This manuscript is a compilation of evidence-based guidelines for surgical procedures that oculoplastic surgeons can employ during the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines also serve as the basic framework upon which further recommendations may be based on in the future, as elective surgeries start being performed on a regular basis.

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