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Subspecialties COVID-19, Health Economics and Policy, Comprehensive, Retina

Preparing for a New Landscape

From left: Pearse Keane, Konstantinos Balaskas, Dawn Sim, Lucas M. Bachmann, Livia Faes

Hindsight is a cruel judge. When reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic, a singular emphasis on infection and associated death rates provides an incomplete picture of the health, well-being and socio-economic impact this disease will have on populations globally. Inevitably, severe cutbacks in everyday medical care have led to disruption in provision for diseases that are the most frequent causes of morbidity and mortality outside a pandemic. Undersupply of care is also observed for many chronic diseases that do not lead directly to death, but to increased complications, more severe courses, a reduction in quality of life, and more complex and risky treatments.

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About the Authors

Livia Faes

Research Fellow, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London


Dawn Sim

Dawn Sim is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, United Kingdom, and Global Medical Lead of Big Picture Eye Health.


Pearse Keane

A specialist in in applied clinical imaging research, Pearse has a particular interest in optical coherence tomography. Now a consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital, he previously carried out OCT research with some of the original inventors of the technology at the Doheny Eye Institute. As the first UK ophthalmologist to receive a Clinician Scientist Award from the National Institute of Health Research, his current work focuses on exploring the potential of new technologies and innovations in the treatment of visual impairment and blindness.


Konstantinos Balaskas

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of Moorfields Reading Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital, readingcentre.org.


Lucas M. Bachmann

Founder, Medignition Inc., Zurich, Switzerland

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