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Subspecialties COVID-19, Practice Management, Health Economics and Policy, Cataract, Refractive

Caution: Surgeons at Risk

The sudden cancellation of millions of elective surgeries globally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (1) has created a substantial backlog of cataract procedures for ophthalmologists – and plenty of hurdles to overcome before we can get anywhere close to “practice as usual.”

As surgical centers begin to clear this unenviable backlog, it is more important than ever to understand and minimize all possible routes of infection during surgery. Although various infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures recently recommended for ophthalmologists have shown decreased transmission rates during clinic visits (2, 3), they have not specifically taken the OR into account. Nonetheless, we must make sure we’re protected.

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About the Authors

John Liu

Research fellow at the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, and at PRISM Eye Institute, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.


Irfan Nizarali Kherani

Clinical fellow at the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences, University of Toronto, and at PRISM Eye Institute, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.


Ike Ahmed

The 2014 Binkhorst Medal recipient, Ike Ahmed is a world-renowned ophthalmologist in the fields of glaucoma, complex cataract surgery and IOL complications. The man who coined the term “MIGS” – micro-invasive glaucoma surgery – he and his peers have opened a new flank in the battle to reduce intraocular pressure, ushering in a new generation of surgical approaches and devices. Based in Ontario, Ike is chief of ophthalmology at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

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