Evaluation of the Red Eye

  • Paul Basel


The red eye is a heterogeneous complaint with numerous causes including allergic, autoimmune, environmental, infectious, and traumatic causes. Infectious complications (including viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic) make up the majority of complaints presenting to the emergency department. A thorough history and physical exam will differentiate these conditions. Conditions can be defined by the area of the eye they affect including conjunctivitis, keratitis, uveitis, etc. These conditions range from benign to ocular emergencies. It is the emergency physician’s job to identify and treat these conditions as well as determine the urgency in which expert consultation is needed.


Conjunctivitis Keratitis Herpes simplex keratitis Herpes zoster ophthalmicus Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis Kawasaki disease Reiter’s syndrome Acanthamoeba Neonatal conjunctivitis Steven-Johnson syndrome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Basel
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  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineSan Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education ConsortiumSan AntonioUSA

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