Guidance: Endophthalmitis prevention possible after cataract surgery

February 1, 2003

Dallas-Preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative administration of topical antibiotics in 11,000 cases resulted in a remarkably low endophthalmitis rate (one case) in patients undergoing surgery to remove cataracts. It appears that meticulous attention to the use of antibiotics preoperatively, perioperatively, and postoperatively as well as placement of one suture across small-incision cataract wounds may be the elements that make the difference, according to James P. McCulley, MD.