He also noted that physicians are seeing an increase in drug resistant eye infections, including MRSA and other Staphylococcus—something that used to be rare in ophthalmology. If a patient comes to the ED with a history of 10 or more eye procedures, he suggests prescribing strong antibiotics. However, a patient with no history will not need such strong antibiotics.
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According to Dr. Knight, the good news is that many of the ophthalmology cases in the ED are seen repeatedly. Getting a good handle on these will make diagnosing eye complaints easier.
Teresa McCallion is a freelance medical writer based in Washington State.