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Red eye Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Red eye. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed the red eye?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it one or both eyes?

    Why: if only one eye is red, consider trauma, foreign body, corneal ulcer, iritis, viral conjunctivitis, acute glaucoma. Bacterial conjunctivitis usually starts in one eye but quickly spreads to the other eye.

  3. What was the manner of onset i.e. sudden or acute

    Why: e.g. conjunctivitis or iritis usually has a gradual onset; small foreign body will produce a rapid blood shot eye.

  4. Is the patient less than one month old?

    Why: suggests neonatal conjunctivitis and possible causes include Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhea, herpes simplex type 2 and other common bacterial organisms. Both parents must be tested for venereal disease and treated accordingly.

  5. Is the patient elderly?

    Why: elderly patients have an increased risk of acute glaucoma, iritis and herpes zoster of the eye.

  6. History of exposure to a "red eye" at school, work or home?

    Why: suggests bacterial conjunctivitis.

  7. Have you had a recent cold or running nose recently?

    Why: suggests viral or bacterial conjunctivitis.

  8. Has there been a history of trauma?

    Why: to determine risk of intraocular body or orbital fracture.

  9. Have you been putting any new drops, ointments or cosmetics in or around the eyes?

    Why: may suggest allergic conjunctivitis.

  10. Do you suffer from hay fever?

    Why: may suggest allergic conjunctivitis.

  11. Contact lens wearer?

    Why: contact lenses are prone to cause infection of the eye.

  12. Have you been bitten by a tick?

    Why: may suggest Tick typhus or Lyme disease.

  13. Occupational history?

    Why: incidents at work such as injury, welding, foreign bodies, chemicals. Eye strain from prolonged computer work or reading may cause red eyes.

  14. Past medical history?

    Why: Iritis may be caused by inflammatory bowel disease, Ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's Syndrome, Diabetes mellitus, Sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, toxoplasmosis and syphilis.

  15. Illicit Drug use?

    Why: marijuana use can cause bilateral red eyes.

  16. Alcohol history?

    Why: alcohol hangover may cause bilateral red eyes.

  17. Vision disturbance?

    Why: acute glaucoma causes haloes around lights; may have blurred vision with contact hypersensitivity, herpes simplex keratitis, corneal ulcer and acute iritis.

  18. Eye pain?

    Why: Eye pain occurs with iritis, scleritis, episceritis, keratitis, foreign body, glaucoma, cluster headache and herpes zoster. If absence of eye pain may suggest conjunctivitis, marijuana use or alcohol hangover.

  19. Discharge from eye?

    Why: Pus -like discharge with lids sticking together in the morning is typical of bacterial conjunctivitis; watery discharge in viral and allergic conjunctivitis and contact hypersensitivity; reflex wateriness with herpes simplex, corneal ulcer, acute iritis and acute glaucoma.

  20. Photophobia (intense dislike of light)?

    Why: may suggest herpes simplex, corneal ulcer, iritis, welding flash burn and acute glaucoma.

  21. Watery eyes for sometime beforehand?

    Why: suggests viral conjunctivitis that may later become bacterial conjunctivitis.

  22. Itchy eye?

    Why: suggests allergic conjunctivitis either vernal (hay fever) or contact hypersensitivity.

  23. Facial rash?

    Why: may suggest herpes zoster (especially if blister-like rash) or rosacea (if pimple like rash).

  24. Headache?

    Why: may suggest cluster headache as cause of unilateral red watery eye.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Red eye:

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Conditions listing medical complications: Red eye:

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