Assessment, care and management of patients with red eye

Watkinson, Sue and Seewoodhary, Mahesh (2017) Assessment, care and management of patients with red eye. Nursing Standard Journal, 32 (15). pp. 43-50.

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Abstract

Red eye is one of the most common ocular presentations in general practice and emergency departments .It is caused by conditions ranging from a benign eye problem to a sight-threatening condition requiring urgent ophthalmic referral and treatment. Causes include infection, inflammation, trauma, allergies, auto-immune response, or rarely, secondary to intra-ocular tumours
In this article primary acute angle closure glaucoma and acute iritis will be discussed as sight-threatening red eye conditions. Dry eyes, chronic blepharitis, and conjunctivitis will be discussed as non-sight-threatening eye conditions. Effective recognition of the signs and symptoms of these conditions facilitates distinction between a sight or non-sight-threatening ocular problem, leading to accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Relieving ocular pain, restoring vision, and preventing sight loss are paramount. A working knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the eye will serve to develop the nurse’s skills of ocular observation and effective assessment of the presenting red eye. A brief overview of the structure of the eye is given

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: As accepted for publication. The published version of record is (c) RCNi.
Uncontrolled Keywords: English
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health > Healthcare education
Medicine and health
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Depositing User: Mahesh Seewoodhary
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 11:59
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 14:38
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4190

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