Ocular Emergencies: Screening Tool and Alert Protocol

Insight. 2015 Fall;40(4):5-13.


Ocular emergencies such as central retinal artery occlusion, open globe injuries, eye chemical burns, retrobulbar hemorrhage, retinal detachment, and acute angle-closure glaucoma can result in vision loss. Diagnosis is based on astute screening, which can be guided by the OAP screening tool used by ophthalmic nurses engaged in triaging patients presenting with symptoms indicative of emergent vision or eye changes. The OAP provides direction to ophthalmic team members for treatment and management of ocular emergencies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making*
  • Diagnostic Techniques, Ophthalmological*
  • Emergencies*
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods*
  • Eye Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Eye Diseases* / etiology
  • Eye Diseases* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Prognosis