Common Ophthalmic Emergencies

G. D. Khare; R. C. Andrew Symons; D. V. Do


Int J Clin Pract. 2008;62(11):1776-1784. 

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Epidemiology of Emergency Room Presentations

The burden of ophthalmic disease received by emergency departments depends on the social context and healthcare environment in which they exist. Several studies have investigated the most common ophthalmic diagnoses in patients seeking aid in emergency rooms.[1,2,3,4,5] Many emergency room visits are due to common diseases of relatively minor severity: conjunctivitis,[1,4,5] corneal abrasions,[1,2,3,4,5] dry eye[4] and blepharitis.[5] Open globe injuries, a vision-threatening condition that requires immediate ophthalmology consultation, made up a substantial number of the presentations in a study from Pakistan,[2] but were only a minor fraction of the presentations in the other studies.[1,3,4,5]


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