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    Endophthalmitis

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

    Causes

    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.

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