Update – June 9, 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic has led to widespread implementation of physical distancing measures and cessation of non-urgent medical visits and procedures. Many provinces and health authorities are now implementing relaxation of these measures. This document is to provide guidance to physicians caring for glaucoma patients to help mitigate the risk to patients and care providers while balancing the need for treatment to preserve vision. It is appropriate to resume seeing non-urgent and routine cases in areas where health authorities have relaxed isolation policies. As this is a rapidly evolving healthcare crisis, these recommendations may be modified, and we urge all clinicians to use their own best judgement to individually manage patient care with best practices in mind. These recommendations are based upon and supplemental to the March 20, 2020 COS and ACUPO Guidelines for Ophthalmic Care during COVID-19 Pandemic, the April 16 2020 CGS Recommendations for Providing Eye Care to Glaucoma Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the May 12 2020 COS Ophthalmic Clinic Reopening During COVID-19 Checklist, guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the United Kingdom National Health Society guidelines.