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Insights Into Eye Care Practice During COVID-19

Educational Objective
To understand how COVID-19 is affecting Eye Care Practices
1 Credit CME

2020 Started as a year of celebration for the tremendous advances in ophthalmology that would make the promise of 20/20 visual acuity a reality for more people worldwide. Yet, our conventional perspectives have changed owing to changes following the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on societies around the world, its disparate outcomes in Black and older individuals in the US, and the changes in eye care practices that were associated with steps designed to control the spread of the virus.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Paul Lee, MD, JD, University of Michigan, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 1000 Wall St, Room 8055A, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (pleemd@med.umich.edu).

Published Online: August 5, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.3244

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Lee reports serving on the advisory board of Hoskins Center for Safety and Quality and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation. No other disclosures were reported.

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