Our colleagues from the University of Toronto recently did an experiment to determine if cataract surgery poses a risk of viral exposure. Of course, with all surgeries we use universal precautions such as sterile gowns, gloves, drapes, and instruments. We also wear a face mask, traditionally to protect our patients but now also to protect ourselves. There is one additional issue: the ultrasonic energy used to break up the cataract can also aerosolize water and anything that is carried within fluid.
This experiment was very enlightening and is a must-watch for all ophthalmologists, especially cataract surgeons!
click below to learn the results of this study of aerosolization: