Dr. Sheila M. Setork, O.D., our optometrist at Geneva Eye Clinic who specializes in primary care optometry, ocular disease management, and specialty contact lenses, recently published an article in Contact Lens Spectrum entitled, “Help Your Patients Get the Red Out.” The article offers insight to contact lens practitioners on rare red eye diagnoses and treatments.
Conjunctival injection, or red eye, is injection and prominence of the superficial blood vessels of the conjunctiva. Whether it presents alone or with other symptoms, it is an important factor in ocular disease diagnosis.
While it is common to find red eye symptoms that are associated with dry eye, allergies, or contact lens over-wear, there are other uncommon causes that clinicians need to consider. These four rare, yet important, etiologies of red eye include:
- Superior Limbic Keratoconjunctivitis, SLK: A rare disorder characterized by superior conjunctival injection
- Episcleritis: An inflammation of the episclera
- Ocular Medicamentosa: A chemical irritation or a delayed hypersensitivity reaction that can occur on the ocular surface due to topically applied drugs or chemicals
- Mucus Fishing Syndrome, MFS: A cyclitic syndrome of patients who have ocular irritation and who digitally extract mucous strands from the conjuctiva
For the full article, please visit Contact Lens Spectrum.