MIMS Education

Red Eye and Eye Emergencies: Management Approach for the Primary Care Physician

Red Eye and Eye Emergencies: Management Approach for the Primary Care Physician

Family MedicineOphthalmologyGeneral Practice
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About this course

Eye redness is one of the most common eye symptoms and can be due to dilated conjunctival or scleral vessels from an inflammatory or infectious process, or from trauma. Disorders causing red eye can be approached systematically for proper diagnosis and management. Ocular trauma on the other hand is sight threatening and must be managed immediately. Prompt referral to an ophthalmologist is necessary after temporizing measures have been given. This e-learning module reviews the different causes of red eye and their corresponding management, as well as the diagnosis and immediate care for common eye emergencies.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Define red eye and describe its common differentials
  • Determine how to diagnose and manage the common causes of red eye in the outpatient setting
  • Identify and diagnose common eye emergencies
  • Know how to provide immediate care for common eye emergencies along with appropriate temporizing measures while awaiting specialist care

Topics covered

  • Red Eye: Definition
  • Red Eye Algorithm: Background, Evaluation & Management
  • Common Eye Emergencies: eyelid trauma, trauma to the globe, ocular surface burns

Keywords: NOACs, atrial fibrillation, special populations, bleeding complications

1 CME Point Available

  • This module is accredited for 1 CME Point for medical practitioners enrolled in The Medical Council of Hong Kong’s Continuing Medical Education Programme for Practising Doctors who are not taking CME for Specialists.
    • This module is accredited for both Hong Kong Doctors Union (HKDU) members and non-members.
  • This module is accredited for 0.5 CME Point for fellows of the Hong Kong College of Physicians, Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine and Hong Kong College of Community Medicine.
  • Please note that this module will not earn CME credit for fellows of colleges not listed here.
  • A certificate can be downloaded upon successful completion of the quiz. Please use the information on the certificate to claim your CME points.