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Should a normal urgent care physician assistant or nurse practitioner tell the different between pink eye and uveitis?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Need slit lamp: Specialized eye exam using a slit lamp is required to diagnose uveitis. This exam is usually performed by an ophthalmologist. More about how uveitis is diagnosed is in this article: http://www.medicinenet.com/uveitis/page3.htm
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Thanks Dr Mimi Poinsett. Many providers may not have access to a slit lamp or they may not be trained in how to use this equipment.
May 18, 2017
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Depends : Uveitis requires a slit lamp biomicroscopic examination of the anterior and posterior chambers of the eye to make the diagnosis. Some ER's have these instruments. Pink eye, infectious or allergic, can often be made by history and external examination aided by a light source and magnification. A slit lamp is useful but not always required in an ER or quick care facility. So the answer: It depends.

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