Addressing Children's Eye Concerns in the Midst of a Pandemic

During the COVID-19 epidemic, continuous care for patients with critical conditions, premature babies at risk of blindness, and those with eye emergencies remains the highest priority for our ophthalmologists.

Protective Equipment (PPE) used by other physicians is not compatible with the specialized equipment needed for eye exams. In light of this, Roni Levin, MD connected with an engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in the early stages of the pandemic, and together they created an innovative slit lamp microscope safety shield made from plexiglass, which is used during an up-close eye exam. This shield is designed to protect both patients and physicians.

More than 150 safety shields have been produced and utilized at UMMC and surrounding ophthalmology practices in the community. Dr. Levin secured the production costs for the shields, and worked with local ophthalmologists to support food pantries in Maryland during this epidemic. She also donated many medical grade masks she received to other practices in need.

University of Maryland ophthalmologists have treated nearly 730 inpatient pediatric eye cases in the last three years. University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) treats more Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) cases than other hospitals in the region due to the availability of all pediatric subsidiaries and expertise in management of complex medical and surgical issues. UMMC continues its elite participation in cutting edge international research examining treatments for ROP.

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