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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 includes:

  • 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:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Eye discharge:

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