Vitreous wick syndrome

Am J Ophthalmol. 1979 May;87(5):662-4. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(79)90300-3.


A 67-year-old man had vitreous wick syndrome after an uncomplicated intracapsular cataract extraction with a sector iridectomy in the left eye. The intraocular infection cleared with antibiotic therapy including intravitreal antibiotic injection, but a residual anterior cyclitic membrane and shallow anterior chamber persisted. An anterior vitrectomy was performed later in the course of treatment after the intraocular infection subsided, to relieve the shallow anterior chamber, prolonged hypotony, and ciliary body detachment. Final visual acuity was 6/15+(20/50+) in the left eye.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cataract Extraction / adverse effects*
  • Conjunctivitis / etiology
  • Endophthalmitis / etiology*
  • Eye Diseases / etiology
  • Eye Diseases / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnosis
  • Staphylococcal Infections / drug therapy
  • Syndrome
  • Ultrasonography
  • Vitreous Body* / pathology
  • Vitreous Body* / surgery


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents