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Dr. Alex Melamud and Dr. Sam Kim Investigate Endophthalmitis Risk Factors, Finding Ways to Significantly Reduce Risk of Post-Surgery Infection

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Dr. Alex Melamud and Dr. Sam Kim from the Retina Group of Washington investigated the risk factors for a severe infection known as endophthalmitis, which can occur after vitrectomy surgery. The authors found that using a vitreous substitute material such as air, gas or silicone oil, at the time of surgery significantly reduced the risk of infection after surgery. The initial results of this study were also presented in 2016 at the American Society of Retina Specialists annual meeting. The paper will be published in the Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases in July 2017.

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