GUIDELINES FOR OPHTHALMOLOGISTS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN MALAYSIA

In the light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Ophthalmologists, Academy of Medicine, Malaysia has prepared a guideline on the management of patients with COVID-19 in the ophthalmology clinic. COVID-19 is currently the global cause of significant morbidity and mortality in the world. It is a highly contagious virus that can cause severe respiratory disease and patients typically presents with symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. One of the presenting symptoms is conjunctivitis leading to affected COVID-19 patients presenting early to the eye clinics. Thus, this increases the likelihood of ophthalmologists as the first providers to assess patients possibly infected with COVID-19. We hope this guideline will assist Ophthalmologists in protecting patients as well as themselves in facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take care and stay safe!

 

Dr Nor Fariza Ngah
President
College of Ophthalmologists
Academy of Medicine of Malaysia

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