The COVID-19 is having a profound impact on eye care in the Maldives.
Due to the current lock down people are not able to move from one location to the other. Air and sea transport is almost at a standstill and people from the outlying Atolls are not able to visit the nearest centre where eye care is available.
A few centres in the capital Male are providing online consultations to patients. However this has its limitations and we cannot do refractions online and carry out a detailed anterior segment and posterior segment examinations. COVID 19 is having a significant impact on the quality and quantity of eye care in the Maldives
By Dr Abdullah Junaid, IAPB Country Chair, Maldives