The operation for the extraction of a cataract has been brought to a high degree of safety. It is most unfortunate for the patient and humiliating to the surgeon to have the result lessened or destroyed through the occurrence of an infection. As an operation both well planned and well executed can, however, be so endangered, attention should be focused mainly on prophylaxis.
Postoperative infections come either from without or from within; those that are ectogenous should be practically under control. The proper sterilization of instruments should not need comment. However, as the ophthalmic surgeon is often forced to operate at a general hospital, he should supervise the proper handling of his delicate instruments, while caring for their sharp cutting edges.
A certain carelessness on the part of many surgeons in regard to their hands and those of the assistant is very noticeable. It has been our custom, during the