What is Endophthalmitis?

Endophthalmitis can be caused by an infection and usually follows an eye operation, procedure, or an injury to the eye.

How will I know that I have Endophthalmitis?

If you have had a recent operation, procedure or injury to your eye and experience any of these symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Vision reduction
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Pain

Please seek immediate advice from an ophthalmologist, your doctor or attend an Emergency department.

What are the dangers of Endophthalmitis?

If treatment is delayed, the main risk is permanent reduction or loss of eyesight.

What does the treatment involve?

To find out what might be causing Endophthalmitis, samples of the fluid from inside your eye may be taken and sent to a laboratory for tests. Antibiotics may be injected into your eye. Antibiotic drops and tablets may also be prescribed for you. If the infection is severe, you will be admitted into hospital for more intensive treatment.

Are there any long term side-effects?

Loss of vision can occur.

What will the follow-up procedure involve?

In some cases, treatment may require an operation to remove infected fluid in the back of the eye and you may need to remain in hospital for more intensive treatment. In other cases, you may be sent home on antibiotic treatment with a follow up appointment.