All India Ophthalmological Society - Eye Bank Association of India consensus statement on guidelines for cornea and eyebanking during COVID-19 era

Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Jul;68(7):1258-1262. doi: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1554_20.


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it the huge burden of mortality and morbidity across the world and the added effects of the mandatory lockdown measures to try and control the spread. A number of aspects of healthcare including eye donation and eye collection require adequate safety precautions in place to keep both the involved healthcare workers and patients safe. This paper highlights the consensus-based guidelines by an expert panel on how to restart eye banking and eye collection services and carry out emergency corneal surgeries during this COVID-19 time. These guidelines will be applicable to all eye banks across the country and should help ophthalmologists and eye banking staff to restart eye banking while safeguarding themselves and their patients.

Keywords: COVID-19; Consensus; cornea guidelines; eye banking; ophthalmology; pandemic; precautions; preferred practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Consensus*
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission
  • Disease Transmission, Infectious / prevention & control*
  • Eye Banks / standards*
  • Eye Infections, Viral / epidemiology
  • Eye Infections, Viral / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Societies, Medical*