Diagnosis and Management of Red Eye in Primary Care

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Course Description

Patients with red eyes commonly present to primary care providers as their point of entry into the healthcare system. Many primary care providers are less familiar with ocular disease than eye-care professionals and may feel uncomfortable managing these potentially sight-threatening conditions.  This course will equip primary, urgent, and emergency care providers with the knowledge and competence needed to examine the eye, as well as diagnose, and manage four common causes of red eyes.

Intended Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Optometrists

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, healthcare providers will be able to: 

  • Identify the major structures of the eye and the respective impact on vision
  • Describe which ocular structures are most likely to cause common eye-related symptoms
  • Describe the most important elements of a patient’s ocular history to help focus the exam and establish appropriate differentials
  • List four common causes of red eyes in the primary care setting and explain how to differentiate these four causes based on patient history and clinical presentation
  • Summarize the treatment for each of the four common causes of red eyes including potential pharmaceutical treatment and/or appropriate referral
Credit/Contact Hours
Pharmacotherapy Hours
  • Brianne Hobbs, OD, FAAO
    Assistant Chief-Optometry Service, Salisbury VA HCS
  • English
Release Date
February 1, 2023
Expiration Date
February 1, 2026
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Case Studies
  • Lesson Recall-Ungraded Self Assessment
  • Video Narration
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Daily CE Broker Reporting for Registered Boards
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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