Recommendations for ophthalmologic practice during the easing of COVID-19 control measures

Acta Ophthalmol. 2021 Nov;99(7):e973-e983. doi: 10.1111/aos.14752. Epub 2021 Jan 12.


In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, this paper provides recommendations for medical eye care during the easing of control measures after lockdown. The guidelines presented are based on a literature review and consensus among all Spanish Ophthalmology Societies regarding protection measures recommended for the ophthalmologic care of patients with or without confirmed COVID-19 in outpatient, inpatient, emergency and surgery settings. We recommend that all measures be adapted to the circumstances and availability of personal protective equipment at each centre and also highlight the need to periodically update recommendations as we may need to readopt more restrictive measures depending on the local epidemiology of the virus. These guidelines are designed to avoid the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among both patients and healthcare staff as we gradually return to normal medical practice, to prevent postoperative complications and try to reduce possible deficiencies in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of the ophthalmic diseases. With this update (5th ) the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology is placed as one of the major ophthalmology societies providing periodic and systematized recommendations for ophthalmic care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; eye care; eye health; lockdown easing; pandemic; personal protective equipment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / transmission*
  • Communicable Disease Control / methods*
  • Consensus
  • Eye Diseases / therapy
  • Humans
  • Ophthalmology / standards*
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Personal Protective Equipment / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Spain
  • Telemedicine / methods