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Managing eye disease in primary care. Part 2. How to recognize and treat common eye problems.

Many patients with symptomatic eye conditions present initially to their primary care physician. Comprehensive treatment of such conditions as dry eye syndrome, blepharitis, styes, chalazia, conjunctivitis, congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction, superficial foreign bodies, corneal abrasion, and subconjunctival hemorrhage can often be provided in the primary care setting. Patients with persistent or severe conditions, particularly those involving foreign bodies and corneal abrasions due to high-velocity injuries, should be referred for immediate care by an ophthalmologist.

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