Friday, June 26, 2020 08:23 AM

COVID-19: AS PATIENTS AVOID APPOINTMENTS, VISION MAY BE IN JEOPARDY - OPHTHALMOLOGY TIMES

A report out of the United Kingdom may raise some red flags among ophthalmologists in the United States after it revealed more than a 70% reduction in new referrals and a high rate of missed appointments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release by the U.K.-based Macular Society[1], since the start of the outbreak ophthalmologists in U.K. eye clinics have reported as much as a 25% reduction in the number of patients with known age-related macular degeneration (AMD) attending appointments for sight-saving treatment.

In the report from several U.K. clinics, there also has been a significant drop in new patients presenting with wet AMD, a treatable form of the condition.

That report was compiled by Moorfields Eye Hospital,[2] Kings College London Hospita[3]l, University Hospital Southampton and Whipps Cross Hospital[4]. Their research reported drops in new referrals from 65% to 87% in the first month of the coronavirus outbreak, compared to the same period in 2019.

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