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1

What is the most common cause of red eye?

conjunctivitis

2

non-pharms for red eye

-stop wearing contacts until problem is resolved
-avoid irritants (smoke, make up, wind)
-cold compresses for allergic or viral conjunctivitis
-warm compresses for blepharitis/styes, chalazion
-lid hygiene for blepharitis

3

Treatment for viral conjunctivitis

cold compresses and ocular lubricants may be used

4

Treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis

broad spectrum antibiotics are usually not required but may result in a modest shortening of recovery time

5

Whether conjunctivitis is treated or not, if no improvement in ____ days then refer

3-5 days

6

When should you reserve ophthalmic vasoconstrictors for?

occasional and short-term use (<3-4 times/month and < 3 days in a row) for relief of symptoms such as redness, edema or minor eye irritation

7

What can overuse of ophthalmic vasoconstrictors cause?

may cause rebound hyperemia (excess of blood in vessels)

*basically rebound red eye

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