Impact of second phase lockdown over Indian optometrists: a questionnaire based study


  • Gaurav Dubey Department of Optometry, FPS, Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Mantasha Dilkash Dr. D.Y. Patil Institute of Optometry and Visual Sciences, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Vibha Kumari Department of Paramedical Sciences, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India
  • Jamshed Ali Department of Optometry, College of Allied Health Science, IIMT University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Ali Saeed Department of Optometry, Era University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Iqura J. Khan Department of Optometry, Lenskart Pvt Ltd, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Prasenjit Das Department of Optometry, ITM University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Nitika Kumari Department of Paramedical Sciences, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India
  • R. K. Manik Department of Optometry, Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Om S. Kamat Department of Allied Health Science, Sharda University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India



Second phase lockdown, Optometrist, Challenges, Social distancing


Background: Optometrist all over India have faced various problems during this period of COVID-19. This study is to find out the challenges faced by Indian optometrists during the Second phase of COVID-19 lockdown.

Methods: A self-administrated, cross-sectional survey in English was distributed using Google forms through various professional bodies across optometrists in India. The questionnaire was circulated among optometrists practicing in India through social media, namely WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook. The survey aims to find out the challenges faced by Indian optometrists during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Results: In this study, a total of 107 optometrists from all over India were enrolled, among which 60 (56%) were males and 47 (44.0%) were females. Informed consent was taken online by all the participants who were included in the study. 102 optometrists (95.3%) approved to participate in the study whereas 5 optometrists (4.8%) did not approve to participate in the study. 70% of optometrists faced problems in approaching the patient considering social distancing. 56% of optometrists had difficulty in dispensing spectacles, whereas 44% of optometrists did not face any difficulty. 81% of optometrists responded to have difficulty in dispensing contact lens.

Conclusions: There are no doubt, due to COVID-19 optometrists have faced several challenges across the globe. The major challenge for optometrists was to dispense spectacle and contact lenses with maintaining their safety by maintaining social distancing with the patients. Maintaining social distancing is one of the best ways of reducing the further spread of the disease across the globe.

Author Biography

Gaurav Dubey, Department of Optometry, FPS, Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences, Uttar Pradesh, India

Optometry ,Faculty


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