Optometry practice in the UK in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic: initial response and ongoing clinical implications

Allen, Peter M. and Beukes, Eldré W. and Smith, Lee and Nagra, Manbir and Norgett, Yvonne and Bowen, Michael and Vianya-Estopa, Marta (2021) Optometry practice in the UK in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic: initial response and ongoing clinical implications. Optometry in Practice, 22 (2). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1467-9051

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Abstract

To minimise the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic, optometric practices had to restructure their service provision in order to provide a safe eyecare environment for their patients. These changes included the introduction of new pathways, enhanced infection control procedures, changes to assessment routines and greater use of remote consultations. Nagra et al. recently published a paper detailing the results of a survey conducted on practising members of the College of Optometrists investigating changes in clinical optometric practice in the UK as a result of the pandemic. This article summarises the key findings of the survey including the challenges and benefits identified, such as how to ensure safe working practices, how to continue to provide a comprehensive service and navigation of the financial implications. Benefits such as refined pathways, streamlined services, increased skill acquisition and improved professional relationships are also highlighted. The impact on current practice and implications for future clinical care are also discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Faculty: COVID-19 Research Collection
Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2021 16:00
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:50
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706693

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