High-priority contact lens patient care during COVID-19 in the UK

21 June 2022
Volume 23, Issue 2

This article describes an audit to evaluate how the COVID-19 pandemic affected hospital contact lens services.

Domains covered

Professionalism Communication Clinical practice Specialty contact lens opticians

Early in the global COVID-19 pandemic, hospital eye departments had to alter their service delivery due to the imposed lockdown. During this period essential and high-priority contact lens cases still had to be seen. The aim of this audit was to evaluate how the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown affected the contact lens service for patients requiring contact lenses for extended-wear aphakia or bandage contact lens patients.

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