Diagnostic Tests for Eye discharge
Diagnostic Test list for Eye discharge:
The list of diagnostic tests
mentioned in various sources as
used in the diagnosis of Eye discharge
- Physical examination
- Inspect the eye noting the nature of redness, if present. This will help delineate conjunctivitis, episcleritis, scleritis and uveitis
- Look for any foreign bodies, especially under the eyelids
- Inspect under the upper eyelid for fine follicles (which indicate a viral infection) or for a cobblestone appearance (which indicates allergic conjunctivitis)
- Use fluorescein staining of the cornea to detect any corneal ulceration which may cause a reflex watering of the eye. Branch like ulceration is diagnostic of herpes simples infection of the eye
- Feel for enlarged lymph nodes in front of ears which are characteristic of viral conjunctivitis
- Look for ectropion (turning out of the eyelid, more commonly the lower lid) which can cause watering of the eye due to displacement of the punctum (drainage mechanism)
- Swab of eye discharge for microscopy and culture - may be required in some circumstances e.g. essential with conjunctivitis in newborn to detect possible Chlamydia , gonorrhea or herpes simplex infections; if bacterial conjunctivitis is severe or prolonged.
Home Diagnostic Testing
These home medical tests may be relevant to Eye discharge causes:
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- Vision & Eye Health: Home Testing:
Conditions listing medical symptoms: Eye discharge:
The following list of conditions
have 'Eye discharge' or similar
listed as a symptom in our database.
This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete.
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of any symptom.
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