Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study (EVS)
To determine the role of initial pars plana vitrectomy in the management of postoperative bacterial endophthalmitis.
To determine the role of intravenous antibiotics in the management of bacterial endophthalmitis.
To determine which factors, other than treatment, predict outcome in postoperative bacterial endophthalmitis.
Drug: Intravitreal Antibiotics
Procedure: Initial Pars Plana Vitrectomy
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Study Start Date:||February 1990|
|Study Completion Date:||January 1995|
Endophthalmitis is a serious ocular infection that can result in blindness. Approximately 70 percent of cases occur as a direct complication of intraocular surgery. Current management requires culture of intraocular contents and administration of an antibiotic. Vitrectomy surgery, which may help to manage endophthalmitis by removing infecting organisms and their toxins, has been shown to be of value in various animal models of endophthalmitis. However, human studies have not shown an advantage to vitrectomy with intraocular antibiotics compared with intraocular antibiotics alone.
In all large comparison studies to date, eyes with the worst initial presentations were the ones selected for vitrectomy. Because of the selection bias involved in determining which cases received vitrectomy, existing clinical information on the efficacy of the procedure for treating endophthalmitis is inconclusive. Determining the role of initial vitrectomy and the benefit or lack of benefit to certain subgroups of patients will help the clinician in the management of endophthalmitis.
In addition, although systemic antibiotics have long been used in the management of endophthalmitis, there has been little evidence to support their efficacy, but there have been many reports of toxic systemic effects. In view of this, the role of systemic antibiotics in the management of endophthalmitis will be assessed.
Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study (EVS) patients were randomized to one of two standard treatment strategies for the management of bacterial endophthalmitis. Eyes received either (1) initial pars plana vitrectomy with intravitreal antibiotics, followed by retap and reinjection at 36-60 hours for eyes that did poorly as defined in the study or (2) initial anterior chamber and vitreous tap/biopsy with injection of intravitreal antibiotics, followed by vitrectomy and reinjection at 36-60 hours in eyes doing poorly. In addition, all eyes were randomized to either treatment or no treatment with intravenous antibiotics.
Study end points were visual acuity and clarity of ocular media, the latter assessed both clinically and photographically. Each patient's initial end point assessment occurred at 3 months, after which procedures to improve vision, such as late vitrectomy for nonclearing ocular media, were an option. The final outcome assessment occurred at 9 months. Multiple centers cooperated by enrolling 420 eyes during the 42-month recruitment period.