“Topical Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Eyelids”
The investigators propose a prospective randomized control trial testing the hypothesis that routine topical antibiotic prophylaxis does not significantly reduce the rate of infection after eyelid surgery.
Drug - Topical Anti-Infective Product
Topical antibiotic ointment will be erythromycin. If the patient has an erythromycin allergy, bacitracin will be prescribed. If the patient cannot obtain either (i.e. lack of availability at the pharmacy), polysporin-bacitracin will be prescribed. Allergy to all 3 study drugs means that a patient will be excluded from the study.
Drug - Topical Ointment
Artificial tear ointment
The Role of Topical Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Eyelid Surgery