Eye Surgery and Aerosols

Eye surgeries are among the safest procedures in the world. They are also the most common, with over 4 million cataract and lens implant surgeries and nearly 1 million laser vision correction procedures performed annually in the United States alone. Laser cataract and lens surgery unites the two technologies to provide an even better result for patients. But is eye surgery safe during the COVID era?

The major concern about coronavirus is its ability to spread via aerosols – tiny droplets of water that float through the air, carrying virus particles on them. Face coverings reduce the amount of aerosol reaching others when you breathe, cough, and speak. If you need proof of their effectiveness, put your hand in front of your mouth and cough, first without and then with a mask over your mouth and nose.

Aerosols can also be created during eye procedures, including laser eye surgery.  A recent study demonstrated that laser cataract and lens implantation is the only one that does not create aerosols.  This is great news for those who want to move forward and permanently improve their vision but are concerned that they may be placing themselves at increased risk. Rest assured that at SightTrust Eye Institute your health is our top priority and we have taken all the necessary steps to provide you with an amazing result in the safest possible environment!