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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 62-66

Why is Cataract Surgery Cancelled in Eye Camps? A Prospective Evaluation


1 Department of Eye, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana'a University, Sana'a, Yemen
2 Department of Eye, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana'a University; Cataract and Refractive Surgery Unit, Magrabi Eye Hospital, Sana'a, Yemen
3 Cataract and Refractive Surgery Unit, Magrabi Eye Hospital, Sana'a, Yemen
4 Programming Section, Al-Nibras Health Society, Sana'a, Yemen

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Mahfouth A Bamashmus
Department of Eye, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana'a University, Sana'a
Yemen
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DOI: 10.4103/sjopthal.sjopthal_25_17

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Introduction: This is a prospective study to evaluate and report the reasons of cancellation of elective cataract surgeries in an eye camp, from April 5, 2017, to April 10, 2017. The proportion of elective cataract surgeries cancelled on the day of surgery was obtained from the data of the eye camp, and reasons for cancellations were recorded. Materials and Methods: The selected patients for the surgery have gone through preoperative investigations including complete blood count, random blood sugar, coagulation profile, viral serology (hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV), eye examination, intraocular lens calculation, and their medical condition assessed for chronic diseases. Results: A total of 509 patients were listed for elective cataract surgery in an eye camp Hodeidah Governorate. Forty-nine cases (9.6%) were cancelled due to different reasons on the day of surgery. Main reasons for cancellation were eye infections (14), absence of general anesthesia in eye camp for some cases (9), uncontrolled diabetes (8), and late arrival of some patients when there was no time to do the operation (7). Conclusions: Postponing cataract surgery for patients scheduled for surgery in an eye camp is a stressful situation to the patients, their relatives, and the eye camp organizers. Most reasons for canceling the cataract surgery can be avoided, and efforts to reduce the number of postponed cases have to be increased. Ophthalmic examination and medical fitness should be done properly before scheduling for cataract surgery.


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