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Here is a quick mnemonic “VISUAL ACUITY to remember about Conjunctivitis

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Conjunctivitis : How To Remember Easily ?

  • V – Visual acuity is reduced only slightly in conjunctivitis.
  • I – Infection with adenovirus is the most common viral cause of conjunctivitis, leading to watery discharge.
  • S – Sulfacetamide 10% is a broad-spectrum topical ocular antibiotic used to treat mild cases of infectious conjunctivitis.
  • U – Use frequent hand washing as a preventive measure against the spread of conjunctivitis.
  • A – Admonish patients to avoid direct contact with others to prevent contagion.
  • L – Less severe cases of infectious conjunctivitis can be treated empirically with antibiotics.
  • A – Avoid touching the eyes to minimize irritation and prevent further complications.
  • C – Cultures and smears are typically reserved for severe, resistant, or recurrent cases of conjunctivitis.
  • U – Use polymyxin-bacitracin as another option for broad-spectrum topical ocular antibiotic treatment.
  • I – Irritation and mild foreign-body sensation are common symptoms of viral conjunctivitis.
  • T – Trimethoprim-polymyxin combination can also be used as a broad-spectrum topical ocular antibiotic.
  • Y – You should instruct patients to wash their hands frequently to reduce the risk of conjunctivitis.


Dr. Arin Nandi

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