Prophylactic antibiotics for ophthalmic surgery

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Preoperative or immediately postoperative antibiotics have been used by ophthalmic surgeons routinely as prophylaxis for postoperative endophthalmitis. The rationale for such prophylaxis, and the evidence which supports its efficacy are well founded. The optimal choice of antibiotics, however, from the standpoints of efficacy, delivery (route, dosage, and frequency of administration), adverse reactions, and cost is far less well established. This review considers these issues in the context of a critical evaluation of the pertinent literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-373
Number of pages21
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes


  • antibiotic prophylaxis
  • bacterial endophthalmitis
  • cataract surgery
  • endophthalmitis
  • gentamicin
  • ocular infection
  • subconjunctival administration
  • topical administration


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