DEAR DOCTOR K: A few weeks after my cataract surgery, my eye began to hurt and my eyelid became swollen. My doctor said I have "endophthalmitis." What is this? Is it related to my cataract surgery?
DEAR READER: Endophthalmitis is inflammation inside the eye that is usually triggered by an infection. In the United States, most cases are caused by bacterial infections that develop after eye surgery. Endophthalmitis is a serious problem that can lead to permanent loss of vision.