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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 194-196

Postoperative endophthalmitis: Preventive measures

R. K. Eye Care Centre, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India

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R Vasumathi
R. K. Eye Care Centre, 18/A, GVR Mill Street, Rasipuram, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_71_18

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Although rare, postoperative endophthalmitis is one of the most feared complications of cataract surgery. It may significantly compromise visual function and even the anatomical integrity of the eye. Despite the significant reduction in recent years, considering the millions of people who undergo cataract surgery each year, postoperative endophthalmitis still poses a significant public health issue, and every step should be taken to reduce its occurrence. In addition to the use of Povidone iodine 5% solution in the conjunctival sac few minutes prior to surgery, proper construction of wound and use of prophylactic intracameral antibiotics play a mojor role in reducing the incidence of postoperative endophthalmitis.

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