Primary Care Ocular Trauma Management

Joseph Rappon, OD

COPE #21042-AS

Expires December 1, 2010

3 credits, $59

Section: Ocular Damage and Trauma


Ocular trauma is an unfortunate, yet relatively common condition treated in today’s optometric practice. As primary eye care providers, optometrists must stay up-to-date with current trauma management principles. The content of this course is designed to review common as well as unusual traumatic conditions that may be seen and/or necessarily ruled-out when examining a patient who has sustained trauma. Additionally, the management of each condition will be discussed in detail.

After completing this course, if nothing else, it is very important to always keep in mind that patients with seemingly mild ocular traumatic conditions, such as periorbital ecchymosis and subconjunctival hemorrhages, need to be examined very carefully as these events signal to us that the eye and/or orbit has sustained a substantial injury that may have caused more serious problems. Optometrists must be vigilant when examining these patients and remember to document thoroughly and dilate as appropriate. Follow-up is also critical as sequelae from trauma may be more obvious and profound at a later time.


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