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March 1994

Bacterial Endophthalmitis Following Sutureless Cataract Surgery-Reply

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Los Angeles, Calif

Arch Ophthalmol. 1994;112(3):301-302. doi:10.1001/archopht.1994.01090150031010

In reply  We are intrigued by the response that our Clinicopathologic Report has generated.1 Interest has been fueled by the phenomenal changes that have occurred in smallincision cataract surgery during the last few years. We have received close to 100 requests for reprints, and almost all comments have been favorable.Perlstein and colleagues criticize us for choosing the title "Bacterial Endophthalmitis Following Sutureless Cataract Surgery." This title is no more misleading than their suggested alternative of "Bacterial Endophthalmitis Following Phacoemulsification," unless they think that phacoemulsification causes endophthalmitis. We chose a title that we thought would attract readers who are interested in sutureless cataract surgery and are concerned about the possibility of endophthalmitis.Endophthalmitis can complicate any type of cataract surgery, sutureless or otherwise. We made it very clear in the report that we did not think there was a causal relationship between the presence of a nonsutured scleral tunnel

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