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Way to remember components of H&P in ocular exam

-Visual acuity (ALWAYS put corrected or not)
-visual fields (always do by confrontation)
-External exam (characteristics visible to naked eye)
-Extraocular movements (important to know if can move normally without twitching or pain)
-pupillary eval
-pressure determination


What exam should be done every encounter? What assessment should be done in any ocular complaint?

-visual acuity test


Slit lamp exam

Low power binocular microscope with high intensity light that has different illuminating options and light filters to see different things, can only allow for fundus observation with additional lens and can only see angle between cornea and iris with additional goniolens


A transient visual loss (TVL) is equivalent to...

...a TIA - may signify impending CVA or retinal vessel obstruction


Amaurosis fugax presents with ____ and begins in the ___ progressing ____

painless monocular vision loss, upper fields, downwards


If binocular vision loss lasting for hours occurs, consider...

...vertebrobasilar insufficiency


Labs useful for amaurosis fugax (5)

-ESR (erythrocyte sed rate)
-lipid panel


Ischemic optic neuropathy

Infarction of the optic disc that is either arteritic (involving an artery) or non, typically presents with painless unilateral vision loss, may present with giant cell arteritis (along with jaw claudication), optic disc appears pale in arteritic or hyperemic in nonarteritic


If concern for giant cell arteritis need to undergo...

....temporal artery biopsy within 1-2 weeks


Ischemic optic neuropathy treatment (1 for each type)

Corticosteroids for arteritic, risk factor modification (no effective treatment for nonarteritic)


Ischemic optic neuropathy prognosis

Worse for arteritic causing more severe visual loss


Central retina artery occlusion

Typically seen in adults with cardiovascular dz, presents as acute, unilateral, persistent, painless vision loss, may have preceding amaurosis fugax episodes, requires ruling out of temporal arteritis first, will see cherry red spot on fundoscopic,


Central retina artery occlusion prognosis

-loss of vision severely
-decrease in life expectancy by 15 years


Central retinal artery occlusion treatment (3)

-systemic steroids
-laser embolectomy


Acute angle closure glaucoma

Emergent occlusion of anterior chamber angle resulting in inadequate drainage of aqueous humor, elevates IOP causing damage to optic nerve, increased risk from certain medications, causes decreased vision and severe pain, nausea/vomiting, intermittent blurry vision with halos


Medications that increase risk of acute angle closure glaucoma (5)

-Tetracyclic antidepressants
-sulfa drugs
-Adrenergic agents


Physical exam findings of acute angle closure glaucoma (4)

-pain with eye movement
-firm globe
-corneal edema and cloudiness
-mid dilated pupil that does not react to light


As soon as acute angle closure glaucoma is suspected, need to get....

....intraocular pressure measurement (>20mmHg is bad), confirm with gonioscopy


Acute angle closure glaucoma treatment (4)

-corneal indentation
-topical prednisone


Retinal detachment

1 of 4 types of neurosensory retinal detachment from underlying retinal pigment epithelium
-Rhegmatogenous RD: most common type caused by tear in retina allows vitreous fluid to flow into sensory retina
-Tractional RD
-Exudative RD
-Non RRD: subacute chronic vision loss progression

All present with acute onset of floaters


Once the ___ is involved in retinal detachment, it becomes ____ to preserve vision

macula, much harder



Any inflammatory process that involves the conjunctiva (bulbar surface of eye or palpebral inner surface of eyelid), one of most common nontraumatic ocular ED complains, usually benign and self limited, etiology can be bacterial, viral, allergic, fungal, parasitic, or chemical, presents with redness, itching, gritty sensation, normal visual acuity preserved


Different types of conjunctivitis and a brief description (4)

-Bacterial: staph and strep most common
-Chlamydial: waxes and wanes
-Viral: acute or subacute onset
-Allergic: very pruritic


Caustic keratoconjuntivitis

Ocular emergency due to chemical eye injury most often from occupation, eye penetration continues until removal of offending agent, pH at 11.5 is irreversible damage and can penetrate anterior chamber in 15 minutes, often brought on by NaOH


After motor vehicle accident where airbags were deployed....

....get an eye wash for patient because airbags release aersolized sodium hydroxide


Eye wash procedure for caustic keratoconjunctivitis

Use of lactated ringers at least 1-2 liters to treat eye burn (followed by pH check then an additional 8-10 L), can use topical anasthetic procaine or tetracaine as well


Morgan lens

A tube inserted up against the eye in the eyelid to allow for intense flushing very quickly of the eye



Inflammation of cornea with or without disruption of epithelium, most often caused by bacterial or viral infection, causes painful red eye with increased tearing, foreign body sensation, severe photophobia


Dendritic lesion upon corneal staining from ____ indicates....

viral keratitis, ...immediate ophthalmology referral


Ocular involvement due to reactivation of zoster

Occurs when herpes zoster outbreak occurs anywhere in the orbital area, requires ophthalmology referral


Bacterial keratitis

Ophthalmogic keratitis that is an emergency can result in blindness, often streptococcus species and often pseudomonas in contact lens wearers, treated with dropper broad spectrum antibiotics every 5 min for an hour then 15 for another hour, require admission and ophthalmomlogy consult



Inflammation of uveal tract either anterior (iris and ciliary body) or posterior (choroid), often idiopathic but can be traumatic, presents in pain and redness of eye, treatment is with corticosteroids


Corneal abrasion

Traumatic, infectious, or contact lens injury to the eye that causes pain, photophobia, tearing, can make it difficult to perform exam and require topical anesthetic to complete exam, diagnosed with fluorescein stain


Corneal ulcer

Defect in epithelial layer in cornea with deeper involvement, can be bacterial or viral (HSV most common), present with eye pain, foreign body sensation, erythema, blurry vision***, need eye exam and fluorescin staining, treated with topical antibiotics



Blood in anterior chamber of eye, typically due to trauma but can be spontaneous from neovascularization (DM), can result in outlfow obstruction of aqueous humor, can be managed conservatively if less than 1/3 anterior chamber occupied, remind patient to avoid NSAIDS for risk of bleed


Open globe injury

Most common in males age 10-30, usually from violence or occupational injury, can be subtle without obvious external injury, presents with decreased visual acuity, teardrop pupil, need PE and fluorescin stain and CT, consult ophthalmology and prescribe bed rest and pain meds


Orbital blowout fracture

2nd most common midfacial fracture (2nd to nasal bone), often occurs with blow to orbit that can entrap muscle such as inferior rectus (upward gaze dysfunction) and medial rectus (lateral gaze dysfunction), diagnosed with CT, treated withsurgical decompression for entrapment, avoiding of sneezing, antibiotics, follow up with ophthalmology


Weakest point of the orbit

The floor


7 bones of the orbit



Medial wall fractures may develop alongside....

....subcutaneous emphysema


Corneal foreign body

Can be organic or inorganic, frequent ophthalmogic emergency, present with pain, sensation, tearing, red eye, may be asymptomatic, physical exam and CT needed, treated with topical anesthesia and removed using irrigation or needle, antibiotic


Intraocular foreign body

Most often associated with powertool use and hammering, causes internal damage resting in posterior segment with resultant injury to cornea, lens, and retina, slit lamp to evaluate anterior segment can help visualization as well as CT of orbits, treatment is wound closure in 24 hrs and topical antibiotics and steroids


Periorbital vs orbital cellulitis

-Periorbital (preseptal) is infection of eyelid and surrounding skin that does not involve orbital tissue and is anterior to that, can extend to orbital cellulits
-Orbital cellulitis involves orbital tissue (posterior to orbital septum) may be caused by extension of sinus infection or direct infection, begins in eyelid and surrounding tissue and causes pain with extraocular motions


Pain with Extra ocular movements indicates need to rule out these 2 things

-orbital cellulitis
-acute angle closure glaucoma