Commonly described as “pink eye,” conjunctivitis is a broad clinical term that includes a variety of infectious and noninfectious conditions. Typically it is characterized by inflammation and swelling of the conjunctival tissue, accompanied by engorgement of the blood vessels, ocular discharge and occasional pain. More than 80% of all acute cases of conjunctivitis are reported to be diagnosed by non-ophthalmic clinicians, including internists, family medicine physicians, pediatricians and nurse practitioners, which makes it even more important for the ophthalmic community to be the final voice in the diagnosis.
By Marc Bloomenstein, OD
Review of Optometry CE, November 2022
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