The COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath is presenting unique and unprecedented challenges to eye care delivery. The COVID-19 situation in any location tends to change rapidly as infection rates fluctuate, research and understanding develop, and control strategies are changed.
It is critical that eye care providers stay updated and change practice appropriately, with prompt responses often required.
Contingency plans should be in prepared in advance to help effect these rapid responses. Clear, appropriate and inclusive communication is critical at all levels, whether this involves patients, staff, visitors or the wider community. Clear communication will help avoid confusion and needless distress, reduce infection transmission and reduce blindness by facilitating treatment reaching those who need it.
These guidelines and repository has been compiled by members of the IAPB COVID-19 Taskforce. This taskforce echoes the WHO perspective of “leave no-one behind” including non-urgent care and people with disabilities.
Five principles have been developed to help guide eye health service providers in responding to these challenges:
Eye care remains essential during COVID-19 and beyond.
Protect patients, staff and visitors.
Consider vulnerable groups.
Maintain a person-centered approach.
Share innovations & best practice.
More information on each of these points (PDF) is be available by selecting this link.
Key resources have been compiled on this page, sorted by aspects of eye care practice to make it easy to find and download guidelines for service delivery in light of COVID-19. Scroll down and select one of the following areas to view the resource repository.