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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
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • 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

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