Managing Common Eye Conditions in the Pharmacy

US Pharmacist 

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Red Eye

Red eye is commonly presented to pharmacists, and its causes vary from a minor subconjunctival hemorrhage to a more severe chemical burn; most often it is indicative of conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as pinkeye.[1] Other common causes include blepharitis, corneal abrasion, foreign body, keratitis, iritis, glaucoma, and scleritis. In addition to the redness, patients may experience eye discharge, pain, photophobia, itching, and visual changes. There are certain distinctive signs that assist in identifying the cause of red eye, such as watering and itching.

Apart from red eye, pharmacists may come across a number of eye disorders in everyday practice. It is important to distinguish when to recommend nonprescription therapies and when a referral may be necessary.

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