Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Hospital Visits Among Patients with Dry Eye

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Anupong Veeraburinon
Nutnicha Neti
Pinnita Prabhasawat


Objective: To survey the concerns about the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on a hospital visit on the population's dry-eye symptoms, and the need for dry eye symptom treatment among Thailand's community-based population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Materials & Methods: The online survey was distributed via various social media platforms about the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on hospital visits among people (dry eye and non-dry eye), the questionnaire available from June to July 2020 was open to everyone. In total, 535 people responded.

Results: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the concerns of the surveyed population were consistent with the need for healthcare services. The majority of respondents were concerned about infecting the COVID-19 virus from the hospital and spreading it to family members, especially patients with dry eye symptoms is concerned more than healthy people (p<0.05). As a result, most respondents denied going to the hospital or spent as little time as possible there because they were concerned about infecting the COVID-19 virus from the hospital.

Conclusion: Telemedicine development for patients with dry eye symptoms would provide a convenient and easily accessible platform for patients to receive recommendations on how to properly handle and manage dry eye symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this necessitates constant service maintenance and development. As a result, healthcare services should be developed and modified to meet the needs of the patients.


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Veeraburinon A, Neti N, Prabhasawat P. Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Hospital Visits Among Patients with Dry Eye. Siriraj Med Bull [Internet]. 2023 Jul. 1 [cited 2023 Nov. 28];16(3):206-13. Available from: https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/simedbull/article/view/260295
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