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Retina ; 41(4): 701-705, 2021 04 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1511061


PURPOSE: To describe our managing strategy for COVID-19 emergency, to evaluate the adherence to intravitreal treatment (AtT) rate during the outbreak in a referral hospital in Milan, and to correlate it with patients' clinical features. METHODS: The AtT rate of patients with scheduled intravitreal injections during the COVID-19 outbreak from February 23, 2020 to March 31, 2020 was compared with the previous trimester and with March 2019. The impact of age, sex, visual function, and diagnosis on the AtT rate during unlocked/locked weeks (from March 8th) was evaluated. RESULTS: Of 650 consecutive patients with scheduled intravitreal injections, the AtT rate during the COVID-19 outbreak was 0.37. This was significantly lower compared with AtT registered in the previous trimester (0.92) and in the same weeks in 2019 (0.90) (both P < 0.001). Patients adherent to treatment were significantly younger (P < 0.001) and had a lower best-corrected visual acuity in the fellow eye (P = 0.046). During the lockdown weeks, the AtT rate was significantly lower than in the two unlocked weeks (0.19 vs. 0.73, P < 0.001). In addition, the AtT rate in patients classified as "emergent" during the lockdown weeks was 0.60. CONCLUSION: These preliminary results can help the retina specialist community to foresee this unique scenario and to develop successful management strategies.

Angiogenesis Inhibitors/therapeutic use , Appointments and Schedules , COVID-19/epidemiology , Choroidal Neovascularization/drug therapy , Macular Edema/drug therapy , SARS-CoV-2 , Wet Macular Degeneration/drug therapy , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , COVID-19/transmission , Choroidal Neovascularization/diagnostic imaging , Choroidal Neovascularization/physiopathology , Communicable Disease Control/methods , Female , Fluorescein Angiography , Humans , Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional/prevention & control , Intravitreal Injections , Italy/epidemiology , Macular Edema/diagnostic imaging , Macular Edema/physiopathology , Male , Referral and Consultation/statistics & numerical data , Tomography, Optical Coherence , Visual Acuity/physiology , Wet Macular Degeneration/diagnostic imaging , Wet Macular Degeneration/physiopathology
Retina ; 41(12): 2456-2461, 2021 12 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1348074


PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcomes of delay in care secondary to the coronavirus pandemic in patients requiring intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed, and subjects were divided into two groups: 1) a study group of patients who experienced a treatment delay of ≥6 weeks from the intended follow-up during the coronavirus pandemic and resumed treatment with ≥2 anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injections over 6 months following treatment delay, and 2) a control group of patients who received regular care throughout the coronavirus pandemic. RESULTS: Totally, 234 subjects were analyzed. The mean treatment delay from the intended follow-up in the study group was 11.8 (±4.0) weeks. Visual acuity and central macular thickness worsened from baseline to 6 months after resuming anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy in the study group (P < 0.0001 and P = 0.001, respectively). Visual acuity and central macular thickness were better in the control group compared with the study group at the end of the 6-month study period (P < 0.0001 for both). CONCLUSION: Treatment delay in subjects undergoing anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy for retina disease during the coronavirus pandemic had worse visual and anatomical outcomes despite reinitiating treatment over 6 months compared with a control group, suggesting irreversibility and permanence of outcomes.

Angiogenesis Inhibitors/therapeutic use , COVID-19/epidemiology , Retinal Diseases/drug therapy , SARS-CoV-2 , Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A/antagonists & inhibitors , Aged , Bevacizumab/therapeutic use , Choroidal Neovascularization/drug therapy , Choroidal Neovascularization/physiopathology , Continuity of Patient Care , Diabetic Retinopathy/drug therapy , Diabetic Retinopathy/physiopathology , Female , Humans , Intravitreal Injections , Macular Edema/drug therapy , Macular Edema/physiopathology , Male , Outcome Assessment, Health Care , Ranibizumab/therapeutic use , Retinal Diseases/physiopathology , Retinal Vein Occlusion/drug therapy , Retinal Vein Occlusion/physiopathology , Retrospective Studies , Time-to-Treatment , United States/epidemiology , Visual Acuity/physiology , Wet Macular Degeneration/drug therapy , Wet Macular Degeneration/physiopathology