Reviewed by Francis Mah, MD
The arrival of the COVID-19 virus heralded a new era in the United States and around the world that caused physicians in practice to abruptly change direction. This meant closing practices and prioritizing the activities with which to carry on throughout the course of the pandemic.
Things have progressed over the past weeks to the point at which physicians in some areas are considering reopening their practices. But this can be easier said than done.
With this invisible enemy around us, perhaps the best path for physicians to protect themselves and their staff members is to assume that everyone who enters the practice has the virus.
“Ophthalmic practices will have asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic patients present in their clinic. And with that comes the obligation to adopt protocols to prevent the transmission of the disease to healthcare personnel and patients. This is crucial,” Francis Mah, MD, said during a presentation at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Virtual Annual Meeting.
Francis Mah, MD
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Dr. Mah has no financial interest in this subject matter. Dr. Mah is Director, Cornea and External Disease, and Co-Director, Refractive Surgery Division of Ophthalmology, Scripps, La Jolla, CA