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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.

References

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

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


Review Date: 8/14/2012
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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