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Dipika Joshi; Emergency Ophthalmic Care in the Disaster Setting: A Survey of Urgent Care Visits at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary During Hurricane Sandy. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2014;55(13):5478.
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To investigate the diagnoses encountered in ophthalmology urgent care visits at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary during a five day period at the height of Hurricane Sandy in New York City.
Retrospective review of medical records of all patients seen in ophthalmology urgent care during the week of 10/29/12-11/02/12. Information on demographics and diagnoses were recorded on 49 patients that visited ophthalmology urgent care at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary during this week
Of the 49 patients that were seen, 31 were female and 18 were male. Age ranged from 16-86 with a mean age of 49.8. The most common diagnosis encountered was trauma in 26% of patients. Corneal abrasions were the most common type of trauma. Retina related diagnoses were seen in 18.3% of patients. Infections accounted for 14.2% of all diagnoses. Acute conjunctivitis was the most frequent infection. Inflammatory diagnoses were made in 14.2% of patients. Glaucoma related diagnoses were seen in 6% of patients. Miscellaneous diagnoses comprised 18.3% of all visits.
This study describes the typical types of patients and eye problems that ophthalmologists may expect to encounter during natural disasters in a major metropolitan setting. During Hurricane Sandy a wide range of patients were seen at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary ophthalmology urgent care department. Corneal abrasion related to trauma was the most common diagnosis seen during this week.
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