Bacterial endophthalmitis resulting from radial keratotomy

Henry Gelender, Harry W. Flynn, Sidney H. Mandelbaum

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Staphylococcus epidermidis endophthalmitis developed nine days after surgery in a 47-year-old man who underwent a 16-incision radial keratotomy during which the cornea was inadvertently perforated. The anterior chamber showed marked cellular reaction and flare and there was a 5% hypopyon inferiorly. There was also a marked cellular reaction in the vitreous, which contained many fluffy white balls. Visual acuity decreased to counting fingers at 1 foot. A pars plana vitrectomy and intraocularly, periocularly, intravenously, and topically administered antibiotics resulted in recovery of the visual acuity to 6 9 ( 20 30).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-326
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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