Systemic Management of Ocular Inflammation, Allergy & Pain

Jeff Urness, OD

COPE #22745-OP

Expires August 1, 2010

3 credits, $59

Section: Systemic Medications


Ocular inflammation, allergy, pain and related anxiety share many common characteristics and therapeutic interventions.  As a major component of inflammation, pain management often involves treatment of inflammation.  As an outcome of the allergic immune response, inflammation can be managed by intervention in the hypersensitivity process.  As pain perception is often modulated by anxiety, anxiolytic agents can be beneficial to pain control.

This course will be loosely divided into four categories; Inflammation, Allergy, Pain and Anxiety.

This course will review foundational terminology, anatomy and physiology of the eye and body pertinent to the management of ophthalmic inflammation, allergy, pain and related anxiety. 

This knowledge will serve as the basis for presentation of successful practices and pitfalls of systemic prescriptive pharmaceutical management.  Specifically the course will present pharmaceuticals and biologicals that can be used in non-topical formulations to manage ophthalmic pain, allergy, pain and related anxiety.  The mechanism of action, common clinical use, caution and adverse effect and case examples will be addressed for each category.


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