Study: Combined Cataract Surgery Ups Postop Endophthalmitis Risk

Source: Medscape

Patients who undergo combined cataract surgery, or removal of cataracts combined with treatment of other eye disorders during the same procedure, have higher incidence of acute postoperative endophthalmitis (acute POE) compared with those who have cataract surgery alone, results of a French nationwide database show, according to a Medscape report.

Acute POE, a relatively rare complication of ocular surgery, refers to infection and inflammation of the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Acute POE can cause vision loss in severe cases. 

The study, published online June 20 in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, also suggests that the incidence of acute POE after combined surgery may depend on the type of procedure performed, with higher rates linked to vitreoretinal procedures.

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