The Acute red eye CPG has been updated and reviewed by the CPG Committee and endorsed by the Paediatric Improvement Collaborative (December 2022). It has been updated to include a comprehensive condition specific management table with images to aid in assessment.
CPG key points
- Conjunctivitis is the most common cause of acute red eyes
- Adequate analgesia will aid examination and procedural sedation may be required in the younger child to allow the clinician to differentiate benign from serious conditions
- Key features of sight-threatening conditions are severe eye pain, photophobia, decreased visual acuity or a history of possible penetrating eye trauma; these conditions require specialist ophthalmological assessment