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Eye pain Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Eye pain. 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 had eye pain?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What is the severity of the pain?

    Why: e.g. eye pain from glaucoma and acute iritis is severe; conjunctivitis may cause merely a gritty irritation of the eye.

  3. Is there a history of eye trauma?

    Why: may indicate an intraocular foreign body from a penetrating eye injury.

  4. Have you had a cold or running nose recently?

    Why: may indicate viral conjunctivitis.

  5. Is there a history of exposure of a red discharging eye at school, work or home?

    Why: may indicate bacterial conjunctivitis.

  6. Do you suffer from hay fever?

    Why: may suggest allergic conjunctivitis.

  7. Do you wear contact lenses?

    Why: contact lenses are prone to cause infection or an "overwear syndrome".

  8. Occupational history?

    Why: e.g. exposure to welding, foreign bodies, chemicals.

  9. Redness of the eye?

    Why: suggests definite eye disease such as herpes zoster, iritis, conjunctivitis, keratitis, foreign body, glaucoma, scleritis, cluster headache, cavernous sinus thrombosis or orbital cellulitis. If nil eye redness may suggest migraine, influenza, sinusitis, glaucoma, optic neuritis or retinal detachment.

  10. Swelling around the eye?

    Why: may suggest cavernous sinus thrombosis or herpes zoster.

  11. Rash around the eye?

    Why: may suggest herpes zoster infection.

  12. Headache?

    Why: may suggest migraine or cluster headache.

  13. Visual loss?

    Why: may suggest glaucoma, herpes simplex infection, iritis or corneal ulceration.

  14. Eye discharge?

    Why: e.g. bacterial conjunctivitis causes a pus-like discharge; viral and allergic conjunctivitis causes a clear or mucous type discharge; herpes simplex infection, corneal ulcer, acute iritis and acute glaucoma causes a reflex watering of the eye.

  15. Photophobia (dislike of light)?

    Why: may indicate herpes simplex infection, corneal ulcer, acute iritis, keratitis or glaucoma.

  16. Joint pain?

    Why: may suggest iritis due to either ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Eye pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Eye pain' 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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Conditions listing medical complications: Eye pain:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Eye pain' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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