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The impact of COVID-19 on ophthalmology practice in Egypt

Hany Mahmoud
African Vision and Eye Health | Vol 79, No 1 | a604 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aveh.v79i1.604 | © 2020 Hany Mahmoud | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 August 2020 | Published: 18 November 2020

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Hany Mahmoud, Department Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt


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Abstract

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.


Keywords

COVID-19; lockdown; ophthalmology; ophthalmology practice; ophthalmology in Egypt

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