Effect of time to primary repair on final visual outcome after open globe injury.


Academic Unit of Ophthalmology, Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK [Email]


Historic data suggest that open globe injuries should be repaired within 12-24 hours to reduce the risk of endophthalmitis. However, endophthalmitis is uncommon when systemic antibiotic prophylaxis is given. It is not clear whether delayed primary repair impacts visual outcomes in other ways or what is the optimum time to repair. We aimed to examine the effect of time to primary repair on visual outcomes.