Do Slit-Lamp Shields and Face Masks Protect Ophthalmologists amidst COVID-19?
Sze Chuan Ong, Muhammad Azri Bin Razali, Lyana Shaffiee, Jun Xing Yap, Terrence Tay Yin Fei, Seng Chee Loon, Victor KohRead More
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is transmitted primarily via respiratory droplets, contact with contaminated surfaces, or free-floating aerosols. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the use of surgical masks and commercially available slit-lamp shields (Breath Shields; Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkochen, Germany). However, a lack of evidence exists regarding the true efficacy of slit-lamp shields. We attempted to replicate the spread of infected aerosols and large droplets in the clinical setting of a slit-lamp examination to evaluate the efficacy of protective equipment in reducing the risk of viral transmission….. FULL TEXT