Date
22 October 2017
Tha patient underwent cataract surgery in Tseung Kwan O Hospital. Days later, he contracted bacterial infection which forced doctors to remove his right eye. Photo: now.news
Tha patient underwent cataract surgery in Tseung Kwan O Hospital. Days later, he contracted bacterial infection which forced doctors to remove his right eye. Photo: now.news

Cataract patient, 92, has eye removed after bacterial infection

A 92-year-old man had an eye removed just days after undergoing surgery for cataract in Tseung Kwan O Hospital.

The patient developed serious complications when he contracted a bacterial infection, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Doctors had no choice but to remove his right eye as his condition worsened.

In February, two patients also had complications after undergoing eye surgeries in the same hospital but both managed to recover.

The Hospital Authority and the Center for Health Protection have created a task force to investigate the events.

Chow Pak-chin, chairperson of the College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong, said the cases are “very rare”. 

He said the chance of having an inflammation after a cataract surgery is a one in 10,000.

Serious cases in which the inflammation spreads to the brain and requires the removal of the eyeball is about one in 100,000 patients.

The hospital’s cataract center suspended services on March 8 to March 13 for disinfection and air sampling.

Tseung Kwan O Hospital told a press conference that the three patients were two men aged aged 92 and 75 and a 73-year-old woman.

Infection control officer Dr. Kitty Fung said the 92-year-old man had complained of severe pain in his right eye and that his vision had deteriorated.

He was sent to the United Christian Hospital where his right eye was removed even as his condition worsened, endangering his life.

Tam Kam-tim, executive director of Tseung Kwan O Hospital, said preliminary investigation showed the cases were not related to the condition of the operating theater environment.

The hospital has informed 50 non-urgent patients who are due to undergo cataract surgery that they will be reassigned.

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