Studies have shown that the inside and outside of surgical masks are potential sources of bacteria. The seal on ordinary surgical facemasks is not complete and so there is the potential that the patients could breathe out bacteria, which a mask will channel upwards to the eyes and thereby contaminate the sterile surgical area. This is not just an issue at the time of surgery but in the postoperative period as well. One solution is to consider the use of antibiotic tablets after complex eyelid surgery or for those patients at greater risk of a postoperative infection.
Consider the use of antibiotic tablets after complex eyelid surgery