21 Jan Risk of Endophthalmitis from Aflibercept-Related Sterile Intraocular Inflammation
Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Dugel: Endophthalmitis is one of the most feared complications in ophthalmology. It is potentially blinding. All retina specialists should be aware of any data involving this complication. This is valuable information that has direct patient care implications. However, it is equally important to distinguish definitive data from hypothesis building data. This is the latter, not the former. Further investigations will either confirm or refute this … But such investigations are warranted.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Dugel: It is important to remember that this is a summary of a voluntarily reported database. Therefore, it is not a definitive study. Nonetheless, the relative number of cases, the cluster of patients and the existence of other supportive Medicare data-based studies, suggests that this issue warrants further investigation.