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Eye surgeries - will/should it go on as scheduled?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 16, 2020 06:11PM
Been dealing w/ cataracts and a scarred cornea for awhile now. Need to get cornea laser resurfaced first, then deal w/ cataracts. Should have been done last year, but scheduling has been a beeyatch, to say the least. Final consult for lasering isn't until the middle of next month, but after that, things should move swiftly, so I've been told. Eyes have been getting progressively worse, so I'd like to be able to see better ASAP.

Given the current medical climate, what sort of timing makes sense these days for the actual surgical events? There will likely be at least three, possibly four, with a slight chance of only two, w/ the others delayed/postponed until after the current medical crisis is in the rear view mirror. Supposedly all out patient procedures; no overnights in the hospital. Safe? or cause for concern?
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Re: Eye surgeries - will/should it go on as scheduled?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 16, 2020 06:20PM
It will be postponed.



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Re: Eye surgeries - will/should it go on as scheduled?
Posted by: hal
Date: March 16, 2020 06:26PM
I would get on the phone - the common practice now is to postpone EVERYTHING that isn't urgent - you need to convince someone that this is urgent and I'm thinking that it would be easier to do it now before it's been postponed.
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Re: Eye surgeries - will/should it go on as scheduled?
Posted by: bfd
Date: March 16, 2020 06:28PM
In San Diego, new rules starting now, they're not letting anyone into hospitals except patients and hospital personnel - not sure how they're planning to keep family members away!
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Re: Eye surgeries - will/should it go on as scheduled?
Posted by: tortoise
Date: March 16, 2020 06:28PM
That question is best directed to your eye care specialists, I did not need any laser procedures until several months after the cataract surgery for another issue that came up. The laser treatment was done in the office of my eye care surgeon and the cataract surgery was done in a small outpatient ward of the hospital devoted to that several days a week. Trust your doctor to advise you on the timing.
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Re: Eye surgeries - will/should it go on as scheduled?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: March 16, 2020 06:35PM
For cataracts in both eyes, the protocol is for two separate procedures. The second
is done after the first has healed and 'passed inspection'.
The new lenses have to be ordered a few weeks prior to the first surgery.

Mine was done at a ophthalmology out-patient surgery center, nothing but
opth-surgery done in the building.
If yours is at a hospital, I would delay it until this CVD-19 crisis ratchets down.

Good Luck Buzz!



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Re: Eye surgeries - will/should it go on as scheduled?
Posted by: rz
Date: March 16, 2020 06:36PM
Can the eye doctor do this in his office? If so, I can't see why it would be postponed.
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Re: Eye surgeries - will/should it go on as scheduled?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 16, 2020 06:37PM
.....the news is talking about elective surgeries being canceled......



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Re: Eye surgeries - will/should it go on as scheduled?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 16, 2020 07:13PM
The laser corneal resurfacing is pretty specialized, and will be done at a major eye institute, which is adjacent to a major hospital, but there need not be any contact w/ the hospital. That procedure needs to heal for at least 3 - 4 weeks, but that eye has worse cataract. Eye peeps say best practice is to do cornea fix first to get a better baseline, and then they'll know what they're fixing for.... current Rx is ~+4.00D to +6.50D w/ astigmatism in both eyes + the blurries from the cataracts.

I would expect that the latter procedures would be after the Coronavirus situation is under control, due to necessary wait time in between procedures. Once it starts, I'd like to get everything done quickly, and there are more venue options for the followup procedures, so I'm thinking that's safer.
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Re: Eye surgeries - will/should it go on as scheduled?
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: March 17, 2020 10:54AM
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NewtonMP2100
.....the news is talking about elective surgeries being canceled......

Yep. But it may depend on the state, and what your governor/surgeon general is saying about it.



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