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Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-78

Guidelines and recommendations for tonometry use during the COVID-19 era

1 Research Department, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Western Eye Hospital, Imperial NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
3 Department of Microbiology, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 Glaucoma Division, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Enmar M Almazyad
Research Department, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Umm Al Hamam Al Gharbi, Al Urubah Branch Rd., Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/meajo.MEAJO_237_20

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The novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) has resulted in a substantial change in eye care and clinical practice. There has been conflicting information and weak evidence on the virus's transmission through tears. Yet, virus detection on cornea and conjunctiva surface as a gateway for infection is not well-studied. Moreover, there have been no reported cases of SARS-CoV-2 transmission through tonometry to date. Thus, this uncertainty has urged this review on evidence-based guidelines and recommendations on tonometer use in the COVID-19 era. The aim of this article is to provide ophthalmologists with recommendations for tonometry practice based on current evidence and best practice guidelines.

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