Infection Control Measures in Ophthalmology during Novel Coronavirus Outbreak: HK Experience

We thank Dr Kenneth Li and colleagues from Hong Kong for their practical advice on infection control measures that can be taken in ophthalmology during the current COVID-19 novel coronavirus global epidemic.


"The close proximity between ophthalmologists and patients during slit lamp examination puts ophthalmologists at risk of infection, as droplets from a cough or sneeze can travel up to six feet [24]. To lower the risk of transmission via droplets, protective shields (made of plastic) were installed on slit lamps (Fig. 3). These shields acted as barriers to droplets and they were cleaned and disinfected after every clinic session, or if the shields were visibly soiled or contaminated."

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