What is the role of visual acuity in the assessment of corneal ulcer and ulcerative keratitis?

Updated: Aug 05, 2019
  • Author: Jesse Borke, MD, FACEP, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Visual acuity should be tested at triage, and, if in doubt, the physician should repeat the measurement personally. Visual function is variably affected, depending on the location of the ulcer and whether associated corneal and uveal inflammation is present. Obtain visual acuities on all patients with ocular complaints.


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