Reduction of Anterior Chamber Contamination Using Repeated Betadine Irrigation

AJO: Surgeons irrigated the eye surface every 20 seconds with 0.25% Povidone-Iodine, and demonstrated zero (!) bacterial detection in the anterior chamber compared to controls (5%). No changes in corneal endothelium were found. It is not a stretch to say that endophthalmitis rates will be much lower- maybe even zero- if this cheap, easy method were employed. Hopefully a study will be conducted to prove this theory.

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