1. Mar 25, 2020

Coronavirus Resource Center


Stay up-to-date on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting ophthalmology.

2020 World Ophthalmology Congress Switching to Virtual Format
WOC2020 is the latest ophthalmology meeting to cancel its physical meeting due to COVID-19. It will be switching to a virtual format. 

Ocular Abnormalities Present in Patients with Coronavirus Disease
Ocular abnormalities were present in approximately 33% of patients with COVID-19, according to a
case series published in JAMA Ophthalmology

AAO Releases List of Urgent, Emergent Ophthalmic Procedures
In response to the global pandemic, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recently advised all ophthalmologists to provide treatment to only patients in need of urgent care.

AAO Recommends Contact Lenses Wearers Switch to Glasses to Stop Spread of COVID-19
Contact lens wearers tend to touch their eyes and face more often than the average person.

Payment Terms for Aflibercept Injection Extended in Response to COVID-19
Regeneron announced it will temporarily extend physician payment terms for Eylea (aflibercept) Injection purchases from authorized distributors due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus Not Likely Spread Through Tears
A new study published in Ophthalmology, offered evidence that it is unlikely patients effected with COVID-19 shed the virus through their tears.

Report: Coronavirus May be Present in Conjunctival Secretion
Coronavirus may be present in conjunctival secretions of infected patients although it is not yet determined if the virus can be transmitted through conjunctiva, according to a report from China.

Macular Degeneration and COVID-19 
The American Macular Degeneration Foundation consulted with the experts at the AAO to discuss the fears and reality surrounding AMD and COVID-19. 

AAO Recommends All Ophthalmologists Cease Treatment Except for Urgent Cases
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has advised all ophthalmologists to provide treatment to only patients in need of urgent care, according to an announcement on the AAO website. 

ASCRS, AOS, and More Cancel Meetings Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
A growing list of upcoming ophthalmology meetings have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the link above to see some of the major conferences who have already announced cancellations. (Updated 3/26/20)

ARVO Cancels Annual Meeting
The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) has cancelled its annual meeting due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The meeting was scheduled to take place on May 1–7 in Baltimore. 

Coronavirus Update: AAO Issues New Alert
In an effort to keep its members informed, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has been issuing updated alerts on the growing concern over the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes a severe respiratory disease known as COVID-19.