REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Eye Complaints

Take Home Points

  • Always check the vital signs of the eye – visual acuities, field of vision, ocular pressure
  • Go in thinking whether you have to call Optho or not
  • Get the story – was there trauma or did it just appear?
  • Do the exam – Is it red or painful, are there changes in vision?
  • What is the location – Internal/external/periorbital
  • Watch out for vesicles of stain – this may be herpes
  • Don’t forget to use the ultrasound to evaluate the posterior chamber

REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Eye Complaints

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Marco E. Propersi, DO, FAAEM
Vice Chair/Associate Medical Director
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Nuvance Health at Vassar Brothers Medical Center
Associate Editor, REBEL EM
Board of Directors, NJ-ACEP
Twitter: @marco_propersi

Post Peer Reviewed By: Anand Swaminathan, MD (Twitter: @EMSwami)

Cite this article as: Ellsworth Wright, "REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Eye Complaints", REBEL EM blog, June 1, 2022. Available at:
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Ellsworth Wright

Emergency Physician at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center

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