Anterior uveitis vs. conjunctivitis

Features of conjunctivitis:

  • Purulent discharge (as opposed to just excessive watering, which may be present in uveitis)
  • May be other contacts affected
  • Enlarged preauricular lymph nodes.

Features of acute anterior uveitis:

  • Pain worse on accommodation (eg reading)
  • Opaque spots on cornea on ophthalmoscopy at approx 10 cm in dim light (these are keratic precipitates)
  • Smaller irregular pupil

Don’t forget to check visual acuity, as well.

Credits: Saw pt today with suspected anterior uveitis so checklist helpful.


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