Have you wondered why some surgeries are considered “elective” and why your cataract surgery may have been canceled during the COVID shutdown?
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, ‘elective’ does not necessarily mean ‘optional’. Elective surgery simply means the procedure can be scheduled in advance.
In the case of cataract surgery, that often means when cataract interferes with daily activities like driving, recreation, and work. But delaying cataract surgery may greatly impact patient safety. Studies show an increased risk of car accidents and hip fractures when appropriate cataract surgery is delayed.
Recently, elective surgeries were canceled or postponed in Florida due to the Coronavirus pandemic to safeguard patients and to reduce the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) for medical professionals. Postponing scheduled outpatient procedures helped keep PPE available for those professionals working in front line response to COVID-19.
The Executive order to resume all procedures in Florida was approved for May 4, 2020.
In the coming weeks and months, you will find that additional safety precautions are implemented to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus including temperature checks, facial coverings, and social distancing in most public settings. If you are ready to reschedule your cataract surgery call (772) 500-2020 for details.
If you are curious about the details of modern cataract surgery, this video can answer many of your questions. Dr. Val Zudans and Florida Eye Institute resumed cataract surgery procedures May 5, 2020, after Governor Ron DeSantis reinstated elective surgery in Florida.
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