Eye Care Tips in Covid Corona Lockdown
Dr. Parul Sharma - Gurgaon
Tips for patients with eye problems in Corona/Covid time:

These are difficult times where the fear factor is high and restrains patients from visiting eye hospitals/ centers. This also means that some eye diseases can go undetected and affect vision permanently. So how do we balance this out? Its important for a patient to differentiate between a mild problem which can be sorted on teleconsultvis a vis serious problems which needs urgent attention in opd.You need to visit an eye doctor only if you are having any of following symptoms:

- Sudden loss of vision/ distortion in vision/ black curtain like effect in vision
- Acute pain with redness and blurred vision
- Blurred vision or doubling of vision with headaches or any neurological symptoms
- Sudden increase in floaters/ flashes of light
- Blurred vision in diabetics/ hypertensives/ patients on glaucoma drops

Is it safe to visit to hospitals these days for my eye problem/what are my do's and don't’s?

Yes, hospitals are taking many safety precautions to make it safe for you and for their staff.
Make sure that you and the attendant are wearing proper masks covering nose and mouth properly when you visit the centre.
There will be a screening protocol outside hospital including thermal scan / history taking and a self declaration form.
Please carry a sanitizer/ all your previous reports/ maintain social distancing.
Be prepared for more waiting time as many safety and hygiene protocols have to be followed along with ample time spacing between appointments to avoid crowding in waiting areas.
Not all eye tests would be conducted like earlier routine days and only what is very relevant will be done .

What are the Dos and Donts for eye care in this time ,specially with increased screen usage?

Dr Parul shall guide you about this in following video:

Is it safe to get my eye surgery done in covidtimes?

First priority is being given to urgent eye problems like retinal detachments, acute glaucoma, trauma, macular edemas, ROPs, one eyed hypermature cataracts, phacomorphic glaucoma etc. Surgery will be conducted with all due precautions wear the staff wears complete PPE . You may be asked to get RT-PCR test for corona along with other preop investigations.

How do I get teleconsult?

You can download the app :myhealth+ (both on android and ios platforms)
Patient Android App
Patient iOS App

Register and book as per appointment slots. You can call our coordinator at M:+91-9582923456 for any help on this. The doctor will video call you at designated time and upload the prescription after consult. There are limitations of teleconsult and is being allowed by authorities only for this period as an exception to help patients . In case of anything serious, we would urge you to visit the ophthalmologist in opd.

Stay Safe, wear mask when you step out, maintain hand hygiene frequently, and maintain social distance. Lets be compassionate and kind to all, lets not stigmatize Covid and move forward empowered with right knowledge and attitude.

Wish you health and peace .