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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.
The symptoms are:
- Decreased vision
- Swelling of the eyelids
If you have these symptoms after eye surgery, call your doctor immediately.
Calling your health care provider:
References: Read RW. Endophthalmitis. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, Augsburger JJ, Azar DT, eds. Ophthalmology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2008: chap 7.9.
|Review Date: 8/2/2009|
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