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Reducing Ocular Inflammation Following Retinal Surgery

Author(s)/Faculty: Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA; Keith A. Warren, MD; William F Meiler, MD
Release Date: 1/11/2012Expiration Date: 4/14/2012
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Cystoid macular edema and inflammation are significant complications associated with vitreoretinal surgery, and can have a permanent affect on quality of vision even after they subside. Recognizing the risk factors and taking appropriate action, wither as prophylaxis or beginning treatment when symptoms appear, with corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can significantly improve postoperative outcomes. These classes of agents have different mechanisms of action and interrupt the inflammatory cascade at different sites, so combination therapy offers the best outcomes in many cases.