PURPOSE: To understand the objective and subjective awareness of ophthalmologists about novel coronavirus (nCov)-19 pandemic, the virus, the usage habits of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and sanitary products, also to measure their self-confidence during the pandemic.
METHODS: An anonymous, self-administered survey was emailed to Turkish ophthalmologists. It consisted of 4 parts to col-lect data about demography, the knowledge of nCov-19, the usage of PPE, and sanitation products. Relying on the answers to the survey, two groups were conducted as “well-informed” and “poorly-informed.” The volunteers were also divided into those who use PPE correctly and those who do not. The statistical evaluation, according to the characteristics of the par-ticipants, such as risk statements, workplaces, pandemic assignments, conducted subgroups, and age groups, was done.
RESULTS: Three-hundred and sixty-five ophthalmologists completed the survey. Three hundred ten (85%) volunteers consid-ered themselves at high risk, 209 (57%) were confident about taking all precautions. Only 200 (54.8%) participants declared to have enough knowledge about ocular involvement, only 88 (24.1%) of them felt confident enough at daily practice. Es-pecially who had pandemic assignment was the most pessimist. Younger ophthalmologists and the residents stated using insufficient PPE. Two hundred twenty-nine (62.7%) volunteers were well-informed and 245 (67.3%) of them use PPE correctly. Most of the participants (166, 45.4%) did not have sufficient information about the sanitation agents.
CONCLUSION: Ophthalmologists should be careful during daily practice due to the intimate nature of the examination. Most of the participants declared themselves at high risk, especially who had a pandemic assignment. Particularly, younger vol-unteers were not confident about taking enough precautions. The knowledge about the virus, PPE, and sanitation products was insufficient.