COVID-19 materials

Important information on COVID-19

COVID-19 2021 update

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect healthcare services around the world, the Vision Academy, in conjunction with the nAMD Barometer, has developed a range of materials to ensure ophthalmologists feel supported in making appropriate treatment decisions and to help patients better understand the safety measures put in place.

These materials include 2 publications and 2 Letters to the Editor, all open access and published in Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, a Viewpoint, an educational slide deck, a communication to healthcare professionals, customizable template letters to patients, a range of infographics, and a short patient information video which can be downloaded and shared with patients.

Many of these materials are available in multiple languages, downloadable from the All Resources section of this website.

Read the new publication on use of anti-VEGF injections during COVID-19: responding to levels of epidemic pressure   Read the Letter to the Editor with an update on communicating with patients requiring anti-VEGF injections during COVID-19
Read the publication on managing patients with retinal disease during the COVID-19 pandemic   Read the Letter to the Editor on advice to patients with retinal disease and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic
Download the Vision Academy's Viewpoint on the use of anti-VEGF intravitreal injections in the COVID-19 era   Read the Vision Academy's letter to HCPs on communicating with patients and their families
Download the Vision Academy's educational slide deck on the use of anti-VEGF intravitreal injections in the COVID-19 era    



Template letters



Download the COVID-19 patient communication template letter   Download the 'Safety Measures in the Ophthalmology Clinic' infographic
Download the COVID-19 'Dear nAMD Patient & Family' Template   Download the 'Communicating with Patients with Hearing or Speech Impairments during COVID-19' infographic
Download the COVID-19 'Dear Patient & Family' Treatment Postponement Template   Download the 'Supporting Mental Health and Maintaining Eye Health' infographic
    Download the COVID-19 patient guidance infographic

Vision Academy members Professors Jean-François Korobelnik, Anat Loewenstein, Paolo Lanzetta, and Dr. David Wong took part in a webinar in June 2020 to discuss the guidance for anti-VEGF intravitreal injections during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can listen to the discussion in the video below.


Click the buttons below to hear from Dr. Monica Lövestam-Adrian and Professor Paolo Lanzetta in two special COVID-19 podcast episodes. Both episodes discuss the Vision Academy’s original COVID-19 publication in Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, with individual insights from both members.

Listen to the EyePod COVID-19 podcast with Monica Lövestam-Adrian

Listen to the EyePod COVID-19 podcast with Paolo Lanzetta


In the first podcast video below, Professor Jean-François Korobelnik and Dr. David Wong discuss the Vision Academy's latest COVID-19 publication and its key recommendations according to different levels of epidemic pressure. In the second video, Dr. Jane Barratt and Professor Richard Gale discuss how to effectively communicate with and manage patients requiring ophthalmic care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angiogenesis and COVID-19

Dr. William W. Li is the President, Medical Director, and co-founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation in the United States, whose recent work includes research into vascular effects and angiogenesis in COVID-19.

Watch Dr. Li’s presentation from the 2020 Vision Academy Annual Meeting for highlights from his research findings on angiogenesis and COVID-19.