Lid scrubs, fluoroquinolone good prophylaxis before surgery

August 15, 2003

Fort Lauderdale, FL-The combination of lid scrubs and a broad-spectrum fluoroquinolone appears to reduce the number of bacteria in the eyelids and conjunctiva when used before cataract surgery. However, the use of preoperative lid scrubs alone appears to make more bacteria available to the ocular surface, in a recent study, produced a higher rate of positive cultures than when no prophylactic measures were used.