• Ulrich Spandau
  • Heinrich Heimann


The Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study recommends intravitreal antibiotics if the visual acuity is greater than hand motion and PPV if visual acuity is equal to light perception [1]. In practice, most colleagues tend to perform a vitrectomy at earlier stages with a better visual acuity. In every tertiary vitreoretinal centre, clear treatment guidelines should be established; all necessary antibiotics and an examination of the microbiological specimens should be available at all times.


Anterior Chamber Vitreous Cavity Posterior Vitreous Detachment Retinal Break Good Visual Acuity 
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  1. Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study Group (1995) Results of the Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study. A randomized trial of immediate vitrectomy and of intravenous antibiotics for the treatment of postoperative bacterial endophthalmitis. Arch Ophthalmol 113(12):1479–1496Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyUppsala University HospitalUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.St. Paul’s Eye UnitRoyal Liverpool University HospitalLiverpoolUK

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