Vol. 46 No. 1 Original Article PDF

COVID-19 Guidance on the Resumption of Eye Surgery

Jacqueline H. King, MD, FPAO1, Jubaida M. Aquino, MD2, Rachelle G. Anzures, MD3,
John Mark S. de Leon, MD2, Maria Victoria A. Rondaris, MD4, Maria Donna D. Santiago, MD1,
Cynthia V. Verzosa, MD5 for the PAO Committee on Standards 2020

1 Makati Medical Center, Makati City
2 East Avenue Medical Center, Quezon City
3 Ospital ng Makati, Makati City
4 University of Santo Tomas Hospital, Manila
5 Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Manila

Correspondence: Jacqueline H. King, MD, FPAO
Unit 815 Medical Plaza Makati Condominium, Amorsolo St.,
corner De la Rosa St., Makati City, Philippines
e-mail: jacqueline.hernandezking@makatimed.net.ph

Disclaimer: None of the authors above has any financial interest in any of the products mentioned in this manuscript. This guidance was developed based on international and local recommendations to date with the COVID-19 pandemic and expert clinical and system-level advice. However, as the pandemic situation is evolving day to day and information may change rapidly, these recommendations should not be considered as rigid guidelines and are not intended to supplant clinical judgement or institutional policies.

An initial version of this manuscript was posted in the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology website last June 2020.


This document offers guidance to help the ophthalmologist plan for the safe resumption of elective surgical care. There are 4 sections: (I) COVID-19 Awareness, (II) Preparedness, (III) Patient Issues, and (IV) Delivery of Safe and High-Quality Care. Each section contains key issues to be addressed before elective surgery may be safely reinstituted.

Understanding the capabilities of health facilities (e.g., testing, operating rooms) as well as the potential limitations in manpower and supplies will remain important, while keeping an eye out on subsequent waves of COVID-19.

Keywords: COVID-19, elective surgery, pre-operative testing, ophthalmic surgery

Philipp J Ophthalmol 2021;46:2-14