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Coronavirus Information for Ophthalmologists

Posted on February 29, 2020

It is critical that eye health professionals understand the risks associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The virus appears to be spread via respiratory droplets. Patients may be infectious to others even before they experience symptoms of infection. Reports suggest the virus can cause conjunctivitis, so it is possible that it is transmitted by aerosol contact with conjunctiva. It is recommended that you protect your mouth, nose (e.g., an N-95 mask), or eyes (e.g., goggles or shield).

Affected patients frequently present to eye clinics or emergency departments. This increases the likelihood ophthalmologists may be the first providers to evaluate patients possibly infected with COVID-19. For more information, please visit the Coronavirus pages on the following sites:

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