The impact of COVID-19 on ophthalmology practice in Egypt

African Vision and Eye Health

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Title The impact of COVID-19 on ophthalmology practice in Egypt
Creator Mahmoud, Hany
Subject Ophthalmology COVID-19; lockdown; ophthalmology; ophthalmology practice; ophthalmology in Egypt
Description Background: The emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) affected medical practice all over the world including ophthalmology, especially elective procedures.Objectives: Evaluation of the effect of COVID-19 on ophthalmology practice in Egypt.Method: A cross-sectional study was done using an internet-based questionnaire including Egyptian ophthalmologists.Results: A total of 1257 participants completed the questionnaires. A majority of the responders (79.9%) were working in private ophthalmic organisations. Out of (79.9%) responders, (57.5%) were seeing patients at the time of the survey. The majority of patients seen (32%) and operations done (21.1%) were both emergency and electives. Most of the responders (82%) did not try to use telemedicine. The majority of the participants (81.5%) thought that the lockdown had a detrimental effect on the progression and follow-up of chronic diseases (e.g. glaucoma).Conclusion: COVID-19 affects elective ophthalmology practice; we need to activate the role of telemedicine according to ethics.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2020-11-18
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aveh.v79i1.604
Source African Vision and Eye Health; Vol 79, No 1 (2020); 3 pages 2410-1516 2413-3183
Language eng
Coverage Egypt June 2020 Egyptian Ophthalmologists
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Hany Mahmoud