Pediatric Eye Care: We Cannot Lose Sight of Its Importance despite the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stephanie S. Camhi, Khushali Shah, Kara M. Cavuoto

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Abstract

Visual impairment affects over 19 million children globally and, if left untreated, can result in significant ocular morbidity. Due to the treatable nature of many childhood visual disturbances, pediatric vision screening is essential for optimization of health and developmental outcomes. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has inevitably disrupted the provision of routine pediatric health care as evidenced by reduced adherence to vaccination schedules. Further, the home environment, which many children have now become confined to, is known to pose risk for eye trauma which may result in irreversible vision loss. Therefore, it is imperative for pediatricians and pediatric ophthalmologists to focus on eye health and safety, despite the backdrop of a global pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-149
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Pediatric
  • eye health
  • eye safety
  • vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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