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Endophthalmitis

  • Definition
    • Endophthalmitis involves swelling (inflammation) within the eyeball. It is a serious condition.

  • Causes
    • Endophthalmitis is caused by infection with bacteria or a fungus. It very often occurs as a rare complication of cataract or other eye surgery.

  • Symptoms
    • The symptoms are:

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

      Call your health care provider right away if you have these symptoms after eye surgery.

  • References
    • Durand ML. Endophthalmitis. In: Bennett JE, Dolin R, Blaser MJ, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 116.

      Shildkrot YE, Eliott D. Infectious endophthalmitis. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 7.9.

      Yanoff M, Cameron JD. Diseases of the visual system. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 25th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 423.