It can be said with much truth, that the surgical treatment of the cataract patient has so absorbed the attention of the profession that the medical treatment has been a secondary consideration. Generally, little attention has been given to the patient's physical condition for the most delicate operation of surgery. My purpose is to emphasize the importance of medical treatment for certain types of these patients.
It should begin a week or more before the operation so that the general health shall be at its best, and the eye itself and its adnexa shall be in such a condition that purulent infection from dacryocystitis or from different forms of conjunctivitis may be avoided.
It is a great mistake to underestimate the importance of thorough preparation of the patient for such an operation.
A patient with senile cataract is not likely to be in a good state of health, because as
GREENE DW. MEDICAL TREATMENT OF THE PATIENT BEFORE OR AFTER THE CATARACT OPERATION. JAMA. 1911;LVII(23):1818–1821. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120008003
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