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, 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, Kings College London Hospital, University Hospital Southampton and Whipps Cross Hospital. 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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