2021
DOI: 10.1186/s12886-021-01976-6
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Ophthalmic emergency-room visits during the Covid-19 pandemic – a comparative study

Abstract: Background The goal of this study is to compare ophthalmic emergency room (OER) visits during the Coronavirus disease-19 (Covid-19) pandemic to those during a control period. Methods We compared all visits to the OER to Meir Medical Center in Israel, from March 15th to April 15th, 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic and government mandated quarantine, to the same period in 2019. Factors analyzed were patient demographics, chief complaints, referral … Show more

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“…Our data showed that conjunctivitis was the most common diagnosis in the ophthalmological emergency department before the pandemic; this finding is consistent with other studies [11,12]. As other authors have remarked [8,10,13], conjunctival pathology consultations decreased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, conjunctival pathology represented 17.9% of ophthalmology consultations in our hospital, compared with 28% in April 2019.…”
Section: Plos Onesupporting
confidence: 92%
“…Our data showed that conjunctivitis was the most common diagnosis in the ophthalmological emergency department before the pandemic; this finding is consistent with other studies [11,12]. As other authors have remarked [8,10,13], conjunctival pathology consultations decreased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, conjunctival pathology represented 17.9% of ophthalmology consultations in our hospital, compared with 28% in April 2019.…”
Section: Plos Onesupporting
confidence: 92%
“…Reports from USA demonstrated that ophthalmology was the specialty with the largest decrease in outpatient visits, reducing by 79-81% in April/May 2020 (27,28). Similar decreases in ophthalmology attendances were reported as far a eld as UK, Spain, Israel, Italy, Canada and New Zealand (29)(30)(31)(32)(33)(34)(35), although the greatest concern was that sight-threatening cases were presenting later and with worse visual acuities than previous years or simply not presenting to a clinician at all; suggesting fear of vision loss was less than fear of attending hospital during the rst peak of the pandemic (23,30).…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 56%
“…Several studies have reported an overall decreasing trend in the morbidity of ocular trauma, and the number of emergency eye services has also decreased during the COVID-19 era, especially for traffic and work-related trauma. Meanwhile, interpersonal violence-related injuries were at a relatively high level ( 21 – 27 ). A case-control study in the United Kingdom noted that within the first month after the national lockdown order was issued, the total number of ophthalmological emergency visits decreased by 53.1% compared with the same period the year before.…”
Section: Resultsmentioning
confidence: 99%