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Endophthalmitis

Definition

Endophthalmitis is a serious condition involving swelling (inflammation) within the eyeball.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Endophthalmitis is most often caused by infection with bacteria or other microorganisms. It can also occur as a rare complication of cataract or other eye surgery.

Symptoms

The symptoms are:

  • Decreased vision
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling of the eyelids

If you have these symptoms after eye surgery, call your health care provider immediately.

Signs and tests

Treatment

Support Groups

Expectations (prognosis)

Complications

Calling your health care provider

Prevention

References

Yanoff M, Cameron D. Diseases of the visual system. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. . 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 431.

Durand ML. Endophthalmitis. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. . 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2009:chap 112.

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