On behalf of team EPSWA.
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2002
Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Volume 30, Issue 6, pages 394–398, December 2002
How to Cite
Elder, M. J. and Morlet, N. (2002), Endophthalmitis. Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, 30: 394–398. doi: 10.1046/j.1442-9071.2002.00567.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2002
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2002
Australia and New Zealand continue to be at the forefront of endophthalmitis research. In this Clinical Controversy, an ophthalmologist from each country presents different approaches to the management of a 72-year-old patient with routine endophthalmitis following cataract surgery. Mark Elder concludes that this case needs aqueous and vitreous aspirates for culture and the initial treatment of choice is intracameral vancomycin and amikacin. The evidence for intravitreal steroids is equivocal. Systemic antibiotics are indicated if there is a possibility of a bacterial biofilm present on the intraocular lens. Nigel Morlet concludes that timely intervention with appropriate antibiotics delivered in the right concentration to the vitreous cavity is the crux of successful management of endophthalmitis. Aggressive treatment of the inflammatory response is also required to further reduce the damage to the intraocular structures. Both ophthalmologists agree that vitrectomy is not necessarily the most appropriate treatment option.