COVID-19 Information

Information for Physicians

Doctor and patient both wearing masks

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has comprehensive and regularly updated practice guidelines for eye specialists that can be found here.

Ophthalmologists specializing in ocular immunology may find these publications useful:  

Uveitis in the Time of COVID-19 Infection-an Evolving Consensus Experience of the International Uveitis Study Group, Foster Ocular Immunology Society, and International Ocular Inflammation Society 

Coronavirus and immunosuppressed patients. The facts during the third epidemic

Managing Uveitis During the COVID-19 Pandemic by the AAO

Information for Patients  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative for patients to stay in contact with their eye doctor regarding follow up appointments. Patients who are taking immunosuppressive therapy (injection, infusion, or oral) for an autoimmune condition are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19. 

Patients should notify their doctor if they notice any illness symptoms, have a fever greater than 99 degrees Fahrenheit, have recent history of travel, or have been exposed to a high-risk individual for COVID-19. Although scheduled follow-ups may be postponed, patients who experience an ophthalmic emergency should contact their eye doctor immediately. 

The American Academy of Ophthalmology provides a useful coronavirus guide for patients here