This resource from the National Guideline Clearinghouse describes the differential diagnosis of conjunctivitis, treatment options, and symptoms that may require additional care beyond treatment for pink eye.
The National Guideline Clearinghouse states that “the initial evaluation of a patient should include the relevant aspects of the comprehensive medical eye evaluation” as per the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommendations. This NGC guideline is a quick reference for the differential diagnosis and treatment of conjunctivitis that can be used, as needed, in the practice setting. Under “Counseling and Referral,” the guideline covers symptoms that present in patients that may require referral to a specialist, such as conjunctivitis in sexually transmitted infections and conjunctivitis as a manifestation of systemic disease.
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