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Foreign body eye sensation Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Foreign body eye sensation. 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 the foreign body eye sensation?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Does it involve one or both eyes?

    Why: to determine if unilateral or bilateral.

  3. Is there a history of eye trauma?

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

  4. Occupational history?

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

  5. Do you wear contact lenses?

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

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. blepharitis may be associated with seborrheic dermatitis, eczema or Rosacea; Rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, primary biliary cirrhosis, diabetes insipidus, Raynaud's phenomenon, systemic sclerosis, chronic active hepatitis and vasculitis may all be associated with Sjogren's syndrome.

  7. Red eye?

    Why: a red eye may suggest conjunctivitis.

  8. Eye pain?

    Why: a painful eye may suggest foreign body or corneal ulcer due to a foreign body. Bacterial, viral or allergic conjunctivitis causes a gritty eye irritation.

  9. Blurry vision?

    Why: may suggest corneal ulcer secondary to foreign body in the eye.

  10. Itchy eye?

    Why: may suggest allergic conjunctivitis.

  11. Eyelid symptoms?

    Why: may suggest entropion (turning in of the eyelid which can cause foreign body eye sensation due to irritation from eyelash) or blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid margin which can be associated with conjunctivitis or corneal ulcers).

  12. Symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis?

    Why: e.g. pus-like discharge, sticking together of the eyelids in the morning, usually starts in one eye and spreads to the other eye, red eye, gritty eye sensation.

  13. Symptoms of viral conjunctivitis?

    Why: e.g. usually associated with upper respiratory tract infection, starts in one eye but crosses to the other eye within days, scant watery discharge, diffuse eye redness, gritty eye sensation and enlarged neck lymph nodes.

  14. What is the nature of the discharge?

    Why: e.g. purulent (pus-like) discharge usually indicates a bacterial infection; a clear watery or mucous discharge may suggest viral or allergic conjunctivitis.

  15. Symptoms of blepharitis?

    Why: e.g. eyelids have burning, itching and red margins, eyelashes may have crusting and scales, discharge or stickiness especially in the morning. If present for years there may be loss of eyelashes or distortion (in-growing) of the eyelashes and foreign body eye sensation. There may be a Staphylococcal bacterial infection which can cause severe inflammation with pus-like discharge.

  16. Symptoms of Rosacea?

    Why: e.g. flushing of the face with increases in skin temperature, acne-like rash over the face. May be complicated by foreign body eye sensation, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, episcleritis or corneal ulcers.

  17. Symptoms of Primary Sjogren's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. dry gritty eyes, dryness of the mouth, skin or vagina. This syndrome may be associated with many systemic conditions such as Raynaud's phenomenon, difficulty in swallowing (as seen in systemic sclerosis), painful joints (like that seen with systemic lupus erythematosus), thyroid disease, myasthenia gravis, primary biliary cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis, renal diabetes insipidus, renal tubular acidosis and vasculitis.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Foreign body eye sensation:

The following list of conditions have 'Foreign body eye sensation' 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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