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    Perioperative Antibiotics: Looking for a Consensus Amid the Chaos

    By Francis S. Mah, MD
    Subspecialty Day 2011: Cornea
    Cornea/External Disease

    Prophylactic strategies for intraocular surgery range from sterile draping of the eye to the use of pre- and postoperative topical antibiotic drops; from povidone iodine to intracameral perioperative antibiotics. While the use of topical 5% povidone iodine solution in the conjunctival cul-de-sac has proven to reduce the incidence of postoperative infection, evidence for most other measures is inconclusive or controversial. Dr. Francis Mah shares evidence-based recommendations and a review of the literature so that ophthalmologists may develop an informed approach for perioperative prophylaxis.