Which procedures may be helpful in the evaluation of bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Karen K Yeung, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Certain procedures may address a known or suspected underlying cause for conjunctivitis or conditions that mimic it. Removal of offending lashes with epilation forceps or by electrolysis may be indicated for trichiasis. Nasolacrimal duct irrigation may be attempted to see if an obstruction that predisposes to infection is present. An obstruction should be suspected in chronic and intermittent purulent conjunctivitis. Eversion of the eyelid at the slit lamp is indicated when a foreign body is suspected.

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