An Algorithm for Ramp Up of Ophthalmic Elective Surgeries Post-COVID-19

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Purpose: As ophthalmic elective surgeries resume amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, protocols for testing patients for SARS-CoV-2 is important due to the transmissibility of the virus. Here, we describe the protocol our institution has implemented for screening asymptomatic patients before proceeding to elective ophthalmic surgery. Methods: A retrospective chart review analyzed the number of elective surgeries, results of SARS-CoV-2 testing, and the effect of a positive result on surgery scheduling. Results: We display the screening protocol our institution used to test for SARS-CoV-2. Through its implementation, we found 2 asymptomatic patients who were positive for SARS-CoV-2 resulting in cancellation of their surgeries.  Conclusion: Because of the possibility of positive COVID-19 status in asymptomatic patients and the risk this poses to patients and staff, we recommend testing all asymptomatic patients for SARS-CoV-2 prior to elective surgeries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-92
Number of pages3
JournalOphthalmic Epidemiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • Covid-19
  • Screening protocol
  • asymptomatic
  • elective surgery
  • testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Ophthalmology


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