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Eye Pain 

Eye Pain
Eye Pain
Acute Care Casebook

Abbie Saccary


Eye pain and eye redness are common complaints that frequently present to both emergency departments and primary care centers alike; however, quickly discerning the source of these nonspecific complaints is an essential and potentially vision-saving skill for any acute care practitioner. This case examines a common patient presentation to the emergency department for eye pain, redness, and diplopia and further delves into key differences between benign sources of infection and potentially vision-compromising postseptal (orbital) cellulitis. It discusses key physical exam findings and necessary imaging studies for this condition and addresses the immediate treatment, including specific antibiotic therapy and indications for ophthalmology consult and hospital admission.

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