New Delhi, May 21 : Psychological impact of COVID-19 on Ophthalmologists is high, says an online study. The online study was conducted by L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in collaboration with the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) and The George Institute for Global Health, India to evaluate the psychological impact of the COVID-19 crisis on trainees and practising ophthalmologists in India during lockdown.
The study demonstrated that a significantly high proportion of ophthalmologists were affected psychologically as they are at an increased risk of close contact with the patient’s eyes and face. Dr Rohit C Khanna, Epidemiologist and Director – rural eyecare services, L V Prasad Eye Institute said, 'The national and state ophthalmology societies, health administration, and the government should be cognizant of the need to support the mental health of all the healthcare workers, and not only those in the frontline of the management of COVID-19 infection.'
Pointing out that mental health was a very challenging and unaddressed issue during COVID-19, Dr Pallab Maulik, Deputy Director, and Director of Research at The George Institute for Global Health, India, said, 'what we see in this study among a group of ophthalmologists is just the tip of the iceberg.
Health care workers including doctors and nurses in general and other frontline health workers are facing huge mental health challenges during this pandemic and the stigmatisation just adds to their woes'. (UNI)