The impact of COVID-19 on managing ophthalmic diseases: an international, descriptive study

Ethan Waisberg, Joshua Ong, Nasif Zaman, Sharif Amit Kamran, Alireza Tavakkoli, Andrew G. Lee

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Background: Anecdotally, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more severe cases of eye disease, decreased medication compliance/availability, and decreased treatment volume due to the lockdown. Aims: We aim to quantify and bring together a variety of international perspectives from ophthalmologists of different subspecialties to characterize the global impact of COVID-19 on managing various ophthalmic disease. Methods: An online survey of 10 questions was conducted among ophthalmologists using a specialized survey program. Results: Fifty-two ophthalmologists were successfully contacted. Survey respondents include ophthalmologists from USA, Canada, Korea, Mexico, and New Zealand. Based on the results of our survey, 1 year after the pandemic, ophthalmic disease severity has worsened as well as a decrease in examination and medication compliance. Conclusions: Ophthalmologists across the world have reported a general increase in disease severity and decrease in medication and examination compliance 1 year after the beginning of COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalIrish Journal of Medical Science
Early online dateFeb 11 2023
StateE-pub ahead of print - Feb 11 2023


  • COVID-19
  • Ophthalmic disease
  • Ophthalmology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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