Test Your Knowledge of Red Eye Evaluation and Management in Urgent Care (Postscript 1 of 2)

Evidence-Based Urgent Care Postscript
Urgent Care Evaluation and Management of the Red Eye | August 2023

A 42-year-old woman presents to urgent care with bilateral red eyes for the past 2 days. She reports no pain or vision disturbance but complains of some itchiness and opaque discharge in both eyes throughout the day. She usually wears contact lenses but did not put them in today due to the discharge. The patient’s partner drove her to the appointment, and she forgot to bring her glasses. Which of the following statements regarding visual acuity testing for this patient is CORRECT?

a. Visual acuity testing is not possible for this patient because she needs corrective lenses but does not have them with her.

b. Visual acuity testing is not necessary because the patient did not report any problems with her vision.

c. Visual acuity testing is necessary and should be measured for this patient using the pinhole method or another strategy.

d. Visual acuity testing is not necessary in this case because it’s obvious that this patient has infectious conjunctivitis.

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