Table 4

Summary of hygiene, PPE and safety recommendations for ophthalmologists during the COVID-19 pandemic per international ophthalmology society

SocietyRecommendations on
Hand hygiene and
surface disinfection
Slit-lamp shieldsSingle-use glovesMasksOtherSafety distance between patients
RCOphthYesYesYesFluid-resistant type IIR surgical mask.
  • Filtering face piece respirator.

  • Eye or face protection.

  • Disposable plastic apron.

  • Disposable fluid-resistant gown.

NA
AAOYesReferral to the CDC: Standard Precautions page, where hand hygiene, cough etiquette, PPE use and surface disinfection are described. AAO notes that the use of PPE varies from one institution to another and must be dealt on a case-by-case basis, as there are worldwide shortages of PPE.
COSYesYesYes
  1. Fitted N95 (best prevention).

  2. Surgical mask (if N95 not available and for routine care).

  • Face shield.

  • Goggles or other eye protection.

  • Single-use applanation tips and drops.

NA
SEOYesYesYesFFP2 (N95) or FFP3 masks.
  • Protective eyewear.

  • Pinholes use discouraged.

1 m
SFOYesNot indicatedYes
  1. FFP2 mask.

  2. Surgical mask (if FFP2 mask not available).

  • Goggles.

  • Surgical gown or plastic apron.

  • Shoe protectors.

1 m
DOGYesNot indicatedYes
  1. Respiratory mask.

  2. Surgical mask (if respiratory mask not available).

NA2 m
SOIYesNot indicatedYes
  1. FFP2 mask.

  2. Surgical mask (if FFP2 mask not available).

  • Goggles.

NA
JOSYesNot indicatedYesRecommended.
  • Face shield.

  • Goggles or other eye protection.

  • Apron.

  • Caps.

  • Gowns.

  • Shoe covers.

NA
AIOSYesYesYesTriple layered/N95 masks if available.
  • Goggles or face shields.

  • Disposable gowns.

1 m
OSSAYesNot indicatedYesFace masks.
  • Aprons.

NA
IRSONo COVID-19 information available.
CHOSNo COVID-19 information available.