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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 43-45

Eye care in the intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients


1 Department of Ophthalmology, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt
2 Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Unit, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt

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Dr. Hany Mahmoud
Department of Ophthalmology, Sohag University, Sohag
Egypt
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DOI: 10.4103/sjopthal.sjopthal_17_20

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Purpose: To assess eye manifestations and ensure the importance of eye care for COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit, they need regular ophthalmological examination and follow-up. Patients and Methods: In this case series study, 43 patients' (86) eyes with COVID-19 were included in the study. The ocular history was taken from hospital-registered data. They were ophthalmologically examined using a portable slit lamp or by a by-side examination (diffuse illumination), and the anterior segment was evaluated. Schirmer's test was done for all patients to assess dryness. A Tono-Pen™ Tonometer was used in all cases to measure intraocular pressure with full infection control measures. Results: Sixteen (18.6) per cent of eyes were affected either by dryness due to exposure, infection (mucopurulent conjunctivitis), and subconjunctival hemorrhage with no apparent vision affection, and two were on antiglaucoma medications before the infection and advised to continue their medication. Conclusion: Eye care is mandatory for patients in ICU with COVID-19.


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