Ophthalmology Study Guide

Acute angle closure glaucoma symptoms
Symptoms: Sudden onset of pain, nausea/vomiting, HA, halos, decreased vision
Acute angle closure glaucoma signs
Signs: Increased IOP, cloudy cornea, narrow angle, red eye that gets pain when lights turn off, fixed mid-dilated pupil, increased cup to disc ratio, visual field loss.
Ruptured globe signs and symptoms
Symptoms: History of trauma, loss of vision
Signs: Leaking fluid, distortion of organ, bollus sub hemorrhage, decrease IOP
CRAO is referred to as a:
stroke of the eye
CRAO risk factors:
crack/meth/talc drug use, coagulation problems, usually in older pts.
CRAO symptoms:
Sudden, painless vision loss or visual field loss
Signs of arterial occlusion:
APD, cherry red spot
Viral conjunctivitis usually caused by:
adenovirus, enterovirus
Viral conjunctivitis: Symptoms
More pain than itchyness
Viral conjunctivitis: Signs
Red, diffuse eyes, swollen conjunctiva (chemosis) mucous/serous discharge (not purulent) cervial adenopathy. *Hx of URI
Allergic conjunctivitis symptoms:
More itchyness than pain. Signs same as viral: diffuse redness, conjunctival swelling
Diabetic retinopathy: Symptoms
*Yellow exudates from macula, Glaucoma, "Spoke and wheel cataract"- loose blue/yellow because cataract is brown
Diabetic retinopathy: Signs
pre-retinal hemorrhages, neovascularization secondary ischemic retina,
Retinal Detachment: Risk factors
high myopia, trauma, boxing hx, family hx, eye surgery, old age
Retinal Detachment: Symptoms
Painless, decrease in vision, flashing lights for more than 30 minutes (golden), burst of floaters, veil falling over part of vision
Retinal Detachment: Signs
Displaced retina with folds, free floating blood in vitreous
Pituitary tumor: Symptoms
Loss of peripheral vision (bitemporal hemianopia)
Pituitary tumor: Signs
Optic nerve chiasm compression
Temporal arteritis: basic definition
inflammation of medium sized arteries; disease of the elderly
Temporal arteritis: Symptoms:
Jaw pain or claudication with chewing, headache, scalp tenderness, vision loss, vision field loss, weight loss, fever, night sweats, malaise, polymyalgia rheumatica
III nerve palsy can be caused by:
aneurysm, tumor, brain herniation, ischemia
Signs/Symptoms of III nerve palsy
Eye goes down and out, drooping eyelid, dilated pupil, *diplopia
Two types of III nerve palsy
1. Pupil involving (masses: aneurysm, tumor, brain herniation)
2. Pupil sparing (ischemia, stroke- diabetes, HTN)
Myasthenia gravis signs/symptoms
Drooping eyelids and double vision that worsens later in the day and worsens with fatigue
Zoster signs/symptoms
Hutchinson's sign- lesion that appears on the tip of the nose that precedes ophthalmic zoster. Dendritic fluorescein staining. *Respects the midline
Orbital compartment syndrome: symptoms
Pain that increases with movement, decreased vision, decreased color vision
Orbital compartment syndrome: signs
Increased IOP, proptosis (bulging globe), decreased extra ocular movements, APD
Macular degeneration: Symptoms
Gradual decline in visual acuity, especially central vision. Distortion of central vision: wavy lines. Scotomata in central vision: missing areas.
Macular degeneration: Signs
Drusen (yellow) spots, atrophy, normal cup:disc, bleeding subretinal hemorrhage, neovascular net
Risk factors for subconjunctival hemorrhage
Straining, heave lifting, trauma, HTN
Tx of subconjunctival hemorrhage
Full eye exam, reassurance that it will resolve on own. If repeated, check BP
Tx chemical burn
Copious flushing with saline, diffuse fluorescin stain
If possible foreign body, what test should you run?
CT/Xray, fluorescin dye and flip lid. NO MRI
Tx for possible ruptured globe:
CT, cover/shield, IV antibiotics, refer to ophthalmology for surgery
Tx for viral conjunctivitis:
NO topical steroids. Patient can use artificial tears, cold compresses, handwashing. Self limiting.
Differential diagnosis of leukocoria in children
Retinoblastoma, cataract, retinopathy of prematurity.
Diabetic patients must have their eyes:
dilated and full exam once a year, look for exudates, check sugar.
Tx for diabetic patients with non proliferative
observation yearly if no retinopathy, sooner if retinopathy is present.
Tx for diabetic patients with proliferative
Check for glaucoma
Blepharitis is:
inflammation of the eyelids (associated with chronic conjunctivitis)
Tx of blepharitis:
Warm compresses 1-4x/day followed by eye lid scrubs with baby shampoo. Lid massge, antibiotics if needed, topical or oral
Corneal abrasion Tx
Antibiotic ointment, pain management
Tx for herpes:
Refer to ophthalmology, cold compresses, anti-virals, NO STEROIDS rx in primary care
Orbital cellulitis tx:
Tx to prevent orbital compartment syndrome: IV Antibiotics, CT scan, drain abscess, ENT referral for mucormycosis if DM
Risk factor: Preexisting sinusitis
Hyphema definition
Blood in the anterior chamber of the eye. In front of the iris, but behind the cornea.
Hyphema tx:
bed rest w/ head elevation, avoid ASA and activity for 1-2 weeks, steroids to reduce scarring, atropine will dilate pupil and decrease pain, IOP x2-3 days requires draining
Hypopyon definition
Pus in the anterior chamber of the eye. In front of the iris by behind the cornea.
The anterior chamber is from the ___ to the ____
cornea to iris
The posterior chamber is the ___ to the ___
iris to the lens
Where do you check for cataracts?
Posterior chamber
Vascular coat of eye between sclera and retina, extending from the ora serrate to optic nerve. Consists of blood vessels united by CT, contains pigmented cells.
Ciliary body:
1. Sits directly behind iris. 2. Secretes aqueous humor 3. Contains ciliary muscle that changes the shape and thus the refractive power of the lens by tightening and relaxing the tension on the lens.
Mucous membrane that covers sclera and reflexes back to cover underside of eyelids. makes it so you can't lose your contact behind your eye. doesn't cover cornea
Fundus oculi:
Posterior inner part of eye as seen with an ophthalmoscope. Contains the retina, optic disc, macula and fovea.
allows light into the retina. Ciliary body control the shape/power of the lens
The ability to change focus from far to near.
Limbus cornea:
The edge of the cornea where it unites with the sclera.
Posterior segment:
Vitreous, retina, disc. Best seen with dilation, look for disc edema, pallor, blood, cotton-wool spots, Roth spots
innermost layer of the eye, immediate instrument of vision, receives images transmitted through the lens
Tarsal/Meibomian glands
Branched sebaceous alveolar glands embedded in the tarsus and opening on the margin of the eyelid.
Non specific term for any intraocular inflammatory disorder.
Risks of contact lenses:
Giant papillary conjunctivitis, which is painless, so flip the eyelids to check. Scratched cornea, allergic conjunctivitis, infection- pseudomonas
When light is shown in one eye then immediatly moved to the other eye, the consensual response is seen in the second eye, then the direct response catches up. At this point the difference can be detected. In APD consensual response > direct response
Pinhole testing
* What the patient's vision would be like with glasses. used to overcome refractive error, if the pt doesnt have their glasses with them or their rx is out of date. Test the pt with a tiny hole punched in a sheet of paper.
Pupil evaluation
1. anisocoria: inequality of the size of the pupils.
2. Horner's syndrome: disruption of sympathetic innervation, worsens in the dark, small/affected pupil doesn't dilate
3. Triad (sympathetic control): miosis, ptosis, anhydrosis
4. Adie's pupil: disruption of parasympathetic innervation, worse in the light, large/affected pupil does not contrict.
DDx Diplopia (6)
1. CN II/IV palsy
2. CN IV palsy: vertical double vision
3. Subluxed lens
4. Orbital fx- muscle entrapment
5. Grave's disease (proptosis)
6. Myasthenia gravis
Leading causes of visual loss (6)
#1. AMD- central vision loss
2. Glaucoma
3. Cataract
4. Diabetes: glaucoma, diabetic retinopathies
5. Corneal blindness
6. Retinopathy of prematurity
DDx III nerve palsy (3)
1. Myasthenia gravis (dropping of eyelids, double vision, worse later in the day and with fatigue)
2. Horner's syndrome (anhydrosis, small pupils (miosis), dropping of eyelids (ptosis)
3. Grave's disease (proptosis, misalignment of eyes, double vision)
DDx White spots on cornea (4)
1. Fungal/bacterial infection (consider GC/Chlamydia)
2. Corneal ulcer- contact lens use
3. Chemical/Herpetic Keratitis
4. Vitamin A deficiency
What are you worried about with a young patient with CRAO?
Atrial septal defect
Retinoblastoma sx:
poor vision w/o explanation, family Hx, leukocoria, strabismus- eye turning out
IOP sign
eyeballs are hard
What are you worried about in young patients with CRAO?
atrial septal defect
What should you do in older patients with CRAO?
ESR/CRP in case they have enteritis
What should you do with a patient with viral conjunctivitis with corneal involvement?
refer to ophthalmology
Ptosis is:
drooping of the eyelids
What conditions manifest with APD?
CRAO, orbital compartment syndrome