Supporting global eye health during the COVID-19 pandemic
How the International Centre for Eye Health is supporting the community at this time, and the latest Community Eye Health Journal issue on COVID-19
Nearly nine months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern, we are continuing to feel the effects of the global pandemic. Our partners and colleagues, and those working in the eye health community in general, are very much in our thoughts at this time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruption in eye care delivery in many countries worldwide. In many areas, routine eye services have been suspended and only patients with emergency eye conditions are receiving direct care. Eye health workers are faced with numerous challenges, such as deciding who should still be seen, making choices about personal protective equipment, and reducing the risk of viral spread within eye clinics and hospitals – all while continuing to provide high quality eye care.
To address this challenge, ICEH has published a special issue of the Community Eye Health Journal with up-to-date guidance on COVID-19 specifically for the eye health community.
Read the latest issue here: https://www.cehjournal.org/covid-19/
Similarly, whilst health care services around the world seek to prioritise emergency care and hospital space, it is important that vital healthcare in other areas is not neglected. We are carrying out and coordinating research to assess the impact of this on eye health.
The unprecedented disruption to travel and social contact has provided a unique challenge for the continuation of our training and education programmes. We are making more of our resources available online, whilst also organising more virtual meetings between our partners, to ensure the momentum of learning and access to knowledge, now and in the future. Please check our website and social channels regularly for further information on upcoming activities. We hope that we can continue to support all those involved in eye health throughout this situation.
Looking beyond the time of the pandemic, we are currently working on a global collaboration, the Lancet Commission on Global Eye Health, to strengthen the evidence base that eye health needs to be an international priority and that people receive the care and treatment they need.
The full impact of the pandemic on eye health will only be fully understood some time into the future. Despite current difficulties, we are continuing with our research and will keep you updated as and when we have information. Please also don’t hesitate to get in contact with us through the email below or on our social media.
Contact us: ICEH@lshtm.ac.uk
For more information from ICEH:
- COVID-19 Update from the RAAB7 team
- Responding to COVID-19 in eye health
- Eye care during the COVID-19 public health emergency: a WHO perspective
- Understanding COVID-19: the virus
- Disability and COVID-19
- An eye hospital’s humanitarian response to COVID-19
- Wellbeing and mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak
- How to adapt your eye service in the time of COVID-19
- COVID-19: Adaptations and changes at Guinness Eye Centre, Nigeria
- COVID-19 and eye care services in Ethiopia
- Ophthalmology during COVID-19: deciding who to see and when
- How to make hand sanitiser/hand rub
- How to make hand sanitiser gel
- The importance of planning in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic in Paraguay
- Personal protective equipment for COVID-19 in eye care
- How to make a protective face shield or visor
- Cleaning and disinfection in health care settings during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Ophthalmic practice protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic – the Aravind way
- Serving patients in the COVID-19 pandemic
- Telemedicine in ophthalmology during COVID-19 pandemic
- Eyecare at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology during COVID–19 pandemic
- Changing ophthalmic practice during the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda
- COVID-19 numbers and models: misleading us, or leading us out of misery?
- Zithromax® donation for trachoma elimination during the COVID-19 pandemic
- World Health Organization (WHO). Country & Technical Guidance – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- World Health Organization (WHO). Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. COVID-19 Resources: Here is what we know
- International Council for Ophthalmology. Coronavirus Information for Ophthalmologists
- Royal College of Ophthalmologists COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines
- American Academy of Ophthalmologists. Coronavirus and Eye Care
- World Council of Optometry. Statement concerning COVID-19
- Centres for Disease Control (US) Strategies to Optimise the Supply of PPE
CEHJ articles are also available on the CEHJ app:
App Store https://bit.ly/CEHJ-iOS
Google Play https://bit.ly/CEHJ-Android