Basic ophthalmology for the primary healthcare practitioner: the red eye

  • A S Randall Stellenbosch University
  • Derrick P Smit Stellenbosch University
  • N Mohamed Stellenbosch University
Keywords: basic ophthalmology, red eye

Abstract

The red eye is the most common ocular complaint in patients seeking medical assistance at primary healthcare level. The differential diagnosis of the red eye varies from relatively innocuous and trivial conditions to those that are more devastating and potentially blinding. The purpose of this article is to help identify certain key clinical features of the discussed conditions, to help avoid pitfalls in diagnosis and to convey appropriate treatment modalities.

Author Biographies

A S Randall, Stellenbosch University
MBChB, Dip Ophth(SA) Medical Officer Division of Ophthalmology Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Stellenbosch University Tygerberg Hospital
Derrick P Smit, Stellenbosch University
MBChB, MMed(Ophth), FC Ophth(SA) Consultant Department of Ophthalmology Faculty of Health Sciences Stellenbosch University
N Mohamed, Stellenbosch University
MBChB, DipOphth(SA), FCOphth(SA) Clinical Registrar Department of Ophthalmology Faculty of Health Sciences Stellenbosch University
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