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ICO Global COVID-19 Resource Center

Posted on March 27, 2020

Welcome to the ICO Global COVID-19 Resource Center. Here you will find COVID-19 related guidelines, resources, and information provided by ICO Member societies from around the world.

We are facing extraordinarily challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the world is asked to stay home with social distancing recommendations, ophthalmology colleagues and their teams continue to provide urgent care to our patients. Ophthalmologists and eye health teams work in close proximity to their patients as part of the eye examinations and treatment, and they are at particularly high risk of being exposed to the virus and contracting COVID-19. Their protection and that of patients is critical due to the rapid spread of coronavirus. The ICO stands with the recommendations regarding public health safety related to COVID-19 issued by the World Health Organization.

To help protect eye health providers and in response to the growing needs of our global eye health community for information, we have launched this ICO Global COVID-19 Resource Center. Thank you to all those who have already submitted resources to share. Please email your society guidelines, statements, and recommendations to

We know all of you are working tirelessly and showing selfless courage in the face of risk. We acknowledge with gratitude the courage and the efforts of all those providing eye care on the front lines during these unprecedented times.

COVID-19 Resources, Guidelines, and Information from ICO Member Societies:

All India Ophthalmological Society
AIOS has published COVID-19 operational guidelines and direction for the provision of emergency eye care services. AIOS COVID-19 Guidelines
American Academy of Ophthalmology
The AAO is sharing important ophthalmology-specific COVID-19 updates relating to non-urgent and urgent patient care. AAO COVID-19 Recommendations
American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists
The AAOOP has pubslished COVID-19 guidelines on the management and triage of ocular oncology patients and pathology specimins. AAOOP COVID-19 Guidelines
Argentine Council of Ophthalmology
The Argentine Council of Ophthalmology has developed and published recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and implications in this medical specialty. Argentine Council of Ophthalmology COVID-19 Recommendations
Canadian Ophthalmological Society
The Canadian Ophthalmological Society in collaboration with the Association of Canadian University Professors of Ophthalmology has produced guidelines for ophthalmic care during COVID-19. Canadian Ophthalmological Society COVID-19 Guidelines
Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, Society of Public Health Ophthalmology, Beijing Ophthalmological Society
Collaboratively produced, these recommendations focus on eye protection during the COVID-19 epidemic. Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, Society of Public Health Ophthalmology, Beijing Ophthalmological Society COVID-19 Recommendations in English and Chinese
Colombian Society of Ophthalmology
The Colombian Society of Ophthalmology offers a variety of COVID-19 recommendations for eye health providers. Colombian Society of Ophthalmology COVID-19 Recommendations
European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
ESOPRS has published COVID-19 recommendations for oculoplastic surgeons. ESOPRS COVID-19 Recommendations
French Society of Ophthalmology
The French Society of Ophthalmology shares information specific to caring for patients in relation to COVID-19. French Society of Ophthalmology COVID-19 Information and Recommendations
Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology
The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology has published recommendations regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and implications on Ophthalmology services. Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology COVID-19 Recommendations
Mexican Society of Ophthalmology
The Mexican Society of Ophthalmology has published COVID-19 recommendations on prevention measures to decrease the rate of transmission of the disease. Mexican Society of Ophthalmology COVID-19 Recommendations
Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology
The Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology provides instructions for serving patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. MEACO COVID-19 Recommendations
Nepal Ophthalmic Society
The Nepal Ophthalmic Society provides COVID-19 Ophthalmology Practice Guidelines. Nepal Ophthalmic Society COVID-19 Practice Guidelines
Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria
The Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria has published a COVID-19 Advisory for ophthalmologists. Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria COVID-19 Advisory
Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology
The Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology has produced eye-related guidelines for ophthalmologists and the public. Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology COVID-19 Information and COVID-19 Public Advisory Documents
Retina International
Retina International has released a statement on COVID-19, Anti-VEGF treatment for Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration (nAMD), and Diabetes-related Macular Edema (DME). Retina International COVID-19 Statement
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
RANZCO has published COVID-19 guidelines and other useful information. RANZCO COVID-19 Guidelines, Position Statement, and Triage Guidelines.
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has produced COVID-19 clinical guidance, disease management for retina and glaucoma patients, and resources for PPE. Royal College of Ophthalmologists COVID-19 Guidelines.
Turkish Ophthalmological Society
The Turkish Ophthalmological Society is sharing COVID-19 related news which can be found at the following link. TOS COVID-19 Information

Please submit your society guidelines, statements, and resources to so that we can continue to add them here for sharing with our global community.

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