CATARACT SURGERY AND LENS IMPLANTATION: Edited by Natalie A. AfshariA review of preoperative manoeuvres for prophylaxis of endophthalmitis in intraocular surgery topical application of antibiotics, disinfectants, or both?Grzybowski, Andrzej; Kuklo, Patrycja; Pieczynski, Janusz; Beiko, GeorgeAuthor Information aDepartment of Ophthalmology, Poznan City Hospital, Poznan bChair of Ophthalmology, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland cThe Voivodal Specialistic Hospital in Olsztyn, Olsztyn, Poland dDepartment of Ophthalmology, McMaster University, Ontario eUniversity of Toronto, Toronto, Canada Correspondence to Andrzej Grzybowski, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor of Ophthalmology, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, Poznan City Hospital, ul. Szwajcarska 3, 61-285 Poznan, Poland. E-mail: email@example.com Current Opinion in Ophthalmology: January 2016 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 9-23 doi: 10.1097/ICU.0000000000000216 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review Postoperative endophthalmitis is an ophthalmic surgeon's most feared complication, as it portends a high probability of visual loss. The purpose of this article is to review the literature on the subject of preoperative measures used for prevention of postoperative endophthalmitis and to determine the effectiveness of these measures. Recent findings The present reviewed literature regarding topical prophylaxis of endophthalmitis in cataract surgery. Summary There is strong evidence for the use of povidone-iodine preoperatively for prophylaxis of postoperative endophthalmitis in ocular surgery; the evidence for topical antibiotics is not as compelling. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.