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Bloodshot eyes Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Bloodshot eyes. 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 blood shot eye?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it one or both eyes?

    Why: if only one eye 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?
  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.

  12. Occupational history?

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

  13. Past medical history?

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

  14. Drug use history?

    Why: marijuana use can cause blood shot eyes.

  15. Vision disturbance

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

  16. Eye pain

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

  17. 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, contact hypersensitivity; reflex wateriness with herpes simplex , corneal ulcer, acute iritis and acute glaucoma.

  18. Photophobia (intense dislike of light)

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

  19. Watery eyes for sometime beforehand

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

  20. Itchy eye

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

  21. Facial rash

    Why: may suggest herpes zoster especially if blister-like rash.

  22. Headache

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

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Bloodshot eyes:

The following list of conditions have 'Bloodshot eyes' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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