April 2020 COVID-19 update from MUSC Storm Eye Institute Chairman Andrew Eiseman, M.D.

April 22, 2020
Coronavirus Cells

I hope all are healthy and safe as we fight this unprecedented global pandemic with COVID-19. The MUSC Storm Eye Institute has altered its operations and transitioned to caring for only urgent and emergent patients suffering from ocular disease. The goal of this reduction of services is to maximally protect our faculty, staff, and patients while still providing vision-saving procedures as needed. 

Ophthalmology remains at the forefront of the pandemic as it has been discovered that COVID-19 can cause conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye. Respiratory symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath, in combination with a red irritated eye is a possible marker for COVID-19 infection. Additionally, the whistleblower physician who first identified the virus as a possible pandemic was an ophthalmologist who unfortunately contracted the virus and passed away from its complications.

There is no question that the Storm Eye Institute is stronger and more vibrant with you as part of our extended family. So many have done so much for us in the past that I am truly humbled when individuals ask what they can do to help during this outbreak. My answer is to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and secure to mitigate the spread and impact on our beloved community.

Please know that during this stressful time, we are keeping you in our hearts and minds as we look forward to getting back to what we love: fulfilling our mission to care, to teach, to serve, and to discover.

Andrew Eiseman, M.D. 

Chairman, MUSC Storm Eye Institute