Allergic Eye

Managing the Red Eye in Primary Care Part 2 – Allergic Conjunctivitis

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Learning Objectivesexpired

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to

  1. Diagnose red eye patients including common allergic conjunctivitis problems and rarer emergent causes that may need referral based on a patient’s history, signs, and symptoms
  2. Manage allergic conjunctivitis based on an understanding of its pathophysiology and the appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments
  3. Recognize those patients with allergic conjunctivitis and other allergy-related eye conditions that need to be referred to an ophthalmologist and/or an allergy specialist



Allergic conjunctivitis is a general term that encompasses a variety of conditions that affect the eye and its external surrounding tissues. As our world continues to become industrialized, overcrowding and pollution will cause an increased prevalence in allergy-related eye conditions.  Primary care clinicians are often the first to encounter these patients. This activity is designed to assist clinicians in differentiating the various clinical entities of allergic eye disease and to identify those patients that can be safely treated from those that should be referred to an ophthalmologist.  An overview of the pharmacological treatments for allergic conjunctivitis will also be discussed as well as non-pharmacological strategies to help prevent future flare-ups.



This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.

Published on October 2, 2012