The Impact of COVID-19 on Intravitreal Injection Compliance.

Lauren M Wasser, Yishay Weill, Koby Brosh, Itay Magal, Michael Potter, Israel Strassman, Evgeny Gelman, Meni Koslowsky, David Zadok, Joel Hanhart

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Intravitreal injections (IVI) of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents have become the most prevalent intraocular procedure as they represent the major therapeutic modality for prevalent retinal conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. Effective therapy requires adherence to a schedule of iterative IVI as well as routine clinic appointments. The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in the reduction of attendance at scheduled clinic visits and IVI. In this study, we attempted to analyze the effect of COVID-19 on compliance with anti-VEGF therapy. A total of 636 eyes received injections during a 4-week period of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Retina Clinic. The number of clinic visits for IVI during 1month from March 15 to April 14 of 2020 was compared to a similar time period in each of the last 4years. The study demonstrates a decrease in clinic visits for IVI when compared with the same 4-week interval in the four previous years. Based on the trend of the previous 4years, 10.2% of the year's total was expected for this time period. Using this model, the 636 reported number of injections for the March-April 2020 period was ~5%. This represents a decrease of ~50% of the expected IVI for this time period. The COVID-19 outbreak in Israel severely impacted compliance with anti-VEGF treatments
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2546-2549
Number of pages4
JournalSN comprehensive clinical medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2020


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