Two common questions asked of pediatricians by parents are “When can my child return to school?” and “how long will I be staying home with my child?” Understanding when, how long, and under what conditions a pediatric patient with an infection is contagious to others is an important part of disease prevention and treatment.
Among the thoughts I’ve had since the Super Outbreak of tornadoes that hit Alabama on April 27, 2011, is this: if there’s not already an ICD-10 code for “Tornado-induced viral conjunctivitis, bilateral, initial encounter,” there probably should be.
The Zika virus has been rapidly on the move in Central and South America. With global travel on the rise and new cases being confirmed daily in Canada, Europe and the United States, chances are this may be a condition you encounter in your practice.
A 65-year-old male with a history of congenital cataracts, bilateral cataract extraction and secondary placement of anterior chamber intraocular lenses with subsequent development of glaucoma, cicatricial conjunctivitis, dry eye and limbal stem cell deficiency presented with left eye pain and decreased vision.
Over the past few years, various diagnostics have been introduced to help clinicians identify inflammatory conditions on the ocular surface more readily and, therefore, provide treatment to patients earlier in their disease states.
Ophthalmologists are over-prescribing steroids to treat vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) and causing an increase of steroid-induced glaucoma (SIG) in children, according to a recent study publish in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.