Red eye is a catch all term for the inflamed or injected external appearance of the eye, for which there are many causes.
A patient presents with sticky, gritty, red eyes. A common and easy emergency department problem, right? Conjunctivitis?
A man has an aching red eye and both direct and consensual photophobia. Is this anterior uveitis? What is a hypopyon?
A 14 year-old boy is brought into the emergency department by his weary mother. She is worried about bleeding under the surface of his eye. Now what?
aka Ophthalmology Befuddler 005 A man presents with a diffusely red eye and a problem with his eyelids. You resist the urge to send out a ‘Trauma Call‘ and start wracking your brains for everything you know about eyelid disorders.…
Things are humming along nicely in the ‘Fast track’ area of the emergency department. You check the triage note of the next patient – RED EYE is written capitals.