Psychological Impact of Cancellation of Elective Surgeries for Ophthalmic Patients during COVID-19 Pandemic

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Nov 11;19(22):14852. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192214852.


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted routine hospital services globally. The cancellation of elective surgeries placed a psychological burden on patients. A questionnaire study was conducted to identify the psychological impact of canceling cataract operations on patients at Kowloon East Cataract Center, Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Hong Kong, from April to June 2020. In total, 99 participants aged 59 years old and above, who had their cataract surgeries postponed or as scheduled, were studied using the standardized patient health questionnaire (PHQ-9) and generalized anxiety disorder questionnaire (GAD-7). None of the patients who had their cataract surgeries rescheduled reached the cutoff score for major depression in PHQ-9, whereas, according to GAD-7, five patients had mild symptoms of anxiety, and one had severe symptoms. There was no significant psychosocial impact of the cancellation of cataract surgeries on patients.

Keywords: COVID-19; cataract; cataract surgeries; psychosocial impact.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Cataract*
  • Depressive Disorder, Major*
  • Elective Surgical Procedures
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics

Grants and funding

This research received no external funding.