Ocular foreign bodies typically arise following an acute injury to the eye. When this occurs, patients often report directly to the emergency department, even though optometrists have the tools and ability to medically manage many of these emergent cases. Optometrists should be proactive in educating their patients regarding what to do in the case of an ocular emergency such as a foreign body. In addition, ODs should make sure their office staff is properly trained to identify and triage these emergency patients.
By Caroline B. Pate, OD
Review of Optometry CE, April 2019
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