The result of cataract operation is so frequently dependent on the skillful after-treatment of the case that the importance of this subject can not be overestimated. It is my purpose in considering it to limit whatever I have to say to the results I have had and the judgments I have formed from a fairly large experience, rather than to quote from literature the conclusions of others whose larger experience gives them claim to authority.
To begin, the after-treatment should be started before the operation by preparing the patient in much the same way as for operation under a general anesthetic. A thorough bath, shampoo of the head and cleansing of the face and field of operation are, of course, necessary, but, in addition to this, a complete emptying of the bowels by a good cathartic the night before and an enema on the morning of the operation is a
WILDER WH. IMMEDIATE AFTER-TREATMENT OF PATIENTS OPERATED ON FOR CATARACT (WITH BANDAGE).. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(25):2083-2086. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220510001001