Endophthalmitis involves swelling (inflammation) within the eyeball. It is a serious condition.
Endophthalmitis is caused by infection with bacteria or a fungus. It very often occurs as a rare complication of cataract or other eye surgery.
The symptoms are:
- Decreased vision
- Swelling of the eyelids
Call your health care provider right away if you have these symptoms after eye surgery.
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Update Date 9/2/2014
Updated by: Franklin W. Lusby, MD, ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.