Objectives: To establish a standardized approach for the rapid and accurate identification of non-traumatic, ophthalmologic pathology in patients with eye complaints in the emergency department.
Methods: In this detailed protocol we offer an easy, reproducible method for the use of ocular point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in helping practitioners identify and distinguish between common eye pathology encountered in the emergency setting: retinal detachment, vitreous detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, optic nerve pathology, and syneresis.
Conclusions: This protocol can help identify patients that may need urgent ophthalmology consultation those that can follow-up on an outpatient, and those that may need additional emergent testing.
Keywords: Eye ultrasound; Ultrasound for optic nerve pathology; Ultrasound for retinal detachment; Ultrasound for vitreous detachment; Ultrasound for vitreous hemorrhage.
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