Topical ocular povidone-iodine as an adjunctive preventative practice in the era of COVID-19

Terrence P. O'Brien, Jesse Pelletier

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Abstract

Ophthalmologists and patients have an inherent increased risk for transmission of SARS-CoV-2. The human ocular surface expresses receptors and enzymes facilitating transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Personal protective equipment alone provides incomplete protection. Adjunctive topical ocular, nasal, and oral antisepsis with povidone iodine bolsters personal protective equipment in prevention of provider-patient transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in ophthalmology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-145
Number of pages4
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Antisepsis þ PPE
  • Prevention
  • Provider-patient transmission
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Topical ocular povidone iodine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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