Elective Cataract Surgery


The choice and the timing of the surgery are worked out together by the patient and doctor after the evaluation of the clinical conditions. Patients are treated based on the seriousness of their illness and not only in the order of when they were added to the list.

As at 30 September 2022, there were 67,878 cataract surgery bookings in Eye Specialty with the waitlist per cluster as follows:

Cluster Hong Kong East Hong Kong West Kowloon Central Kowloon East Kowloon West New Territories East New Territories West
Waitlist
7,825


4,186


15,683


7,059


12,230


8,117


12,778


The waiting time for patients with cataract surgeries performed in the past 12 months (1 Oct 2021 – 30 Sep 2022) was as follows :

Cluster Hong Kong East Hong Kong West Kowloon Central Kowloon East Kowloon West New Territories East New Territories West
Number of Surgery Performed
2,185


2,589


5,123


2,647


1,813


4,465


2,598

Median Waiting Time* (month)
15


12


11


16


12


21


11

90th Percentile Waiting Time* (month)
34


17


36


22


41


25


47


(For reference only)
Date of Next Update: 31 January 2023

* The median and 90th percentile waiting time implies that half and 90% of the patients with surgeries performed could receive surgeries earlier than the indicated waiting time respectively.