Commentary Open Access
Volume 2 | Issue 3 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.33696/diabetes.1.022

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown Measures on Diabetic Retinopathy Services in the East Kent Area of the United Kingdom - A Special Focus on the Pregnant Diabetic

  • 1Consultant Diabetologist, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom
  • 2Senior House Officer, Acute Medicine Department, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom
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Corresponding Author

Alamin Alkundi, alamin.alkundi@nhs.net

Received Date: August 17, 2020

Accepted Date: September 02, 2020


The impact of extended lockdown measures, aimed at controlling the COVID-19 viral spread, are starting to be evaluated in many world regions. We have evaluated the impact of lockdown measures on diabetic retinopathy services in our region, especially as it affects pregnant diabetics who are at risk of diabetic eye disease progression. As services start to return, the potential impact of absent diabetic eye screening and intervention services over a 3-month period is envisaged to be seen. Coverage about this topic of interest is scanty, hence its timeliness.


COVID-19, Diabetes, Retinopathy, Pregnancy, Lockdown

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