• Can I still have cataract surgery if the coronavirus is still around in about a month?


    Question:

    My cataracts have been pretty annoying, and the last time I saw my ophthalmologist we discussed it might be time to have cataract surgery. Can I still have the surgery if the coronavirus is still around in about a month?


    Answer:

    In general, cataract removal is an elective procedure, and medical experts say elective surgery should be postponed during this pandemic. There are some exceptions that are considered urgent (including cataracts causing other complications, such as angle-closure glaucoma, or cataracts resulting from an eye injury that needs surgery). Many ophthalmic practices are postponing cataract surgery right now. You can always call your ophthalmologist to discuss your individual situation.


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