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Smartphone App to Diagnose Neurological Disorders

by Conn Hastings
May 05, 2022
A team at the University of California San Diego has developed a smartphone app that can precisely measure changes in pupil size as a potential met...
Tactical Medicine News

Electronic Eye Enables Color Vision

A team at Georgia State University have developed an “electronic eye” that can provide color vision for microrobots. While the technology should be...
Tactical Medicine News

SAEM Clinical Image Series: Snowball Effects

A 13-year-old boy presented to the emergency department with complaints of a right eye injury. Five hours prior to arrival, he was struck directly ...
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EM Quick Hits 36 – Surviving Sepsis, Angle Closure Glaucoma, Bougies, Frostbite, Hot/Altered Patient, Central Cord Syndrome

In this month's EM Quick Hits podcast: Brit Long on Surving Sepsis Campaign -2021 Updates, Nour Khatib on rural medicine case - angle closure glauc...
Tactical Medicine News

SAEM Clinical Image Series: Eye Pain

A 59-year-old gentleman experiencing homelessness with a history of hepatocellular carcinoma, hepatitis C, alcohol use disorder, and tobacco depend...
Tactical Medicine News

TearCare System for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Interview with Reay H. Brown, CMO of Sight Sciences

Sight Sciences, a medtech company based in California, specializes in devices to treat glaucoma and dry eye disease. The company has recently annou...
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Visual Content to Treat Amblyopia: Interview with Scott Xiao, CEO at Luminopia

Luminopia, a company based in Cambridge, MA, has developed Luminopia One, a visual content system that aims to treat amblyopia, also known as ‘lazy...
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Eyevensys Electrotransfection System for Ocular Disease: Interview with Patricia Zilliox, CEO

Eyevensys, a medtech company based in France, has developed the Eyevensys Electrotransfection System, a non-viral transfection system for the treat...
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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Traumatic Swollen Eye

A 53-year-old caucasian male with a history of alcohol and amphetamine abuse presents to the Emergency Department via ambulance immediately after s...
Tactical Medicine News

Robotic Scanner for Automated Eye Imaging

Researchers at Duke University created a robotic eye scanner that can detect signs of several eye diseases, including glaucoma and diabetic retinop...
Tactical Medicine News

Journal Jam 18 The Evidence for TXA – Should Tranexamic Acid Be Routine Therapy in the Bleeding Patient?

With the help of a special guest, EBM guru Dr. Ken Milne of the The SGEM, Anton and Justin look at all the various potential indications for TXA an...
Tactical Medicine News

Systemic Review and Meta Analysis on Topical Pain Control in Corneal Abrasions

 Background Information: Corneal abrasions are responsible for the largest proportion of eye-related chief complaints in patients presenting to e...
Tactical Medicine News

EM Quick Hits 24 Lateral Canthotomy, Cannabis Poisoning, Hyperthermia, Malignant Otitis Externa, BBB in Occlusion MI, Prone CPR

In this month's EM Quick Hits podcast: Anand Swaminathan on lateral canthotomy, Emily Austin on pediatric cannabis poisoning, Reuben Strayer on an ...
Tactical Medicine News

SAEM Clinical Image Series: Eye Pain After Assault

A 33-year-old male presents with intermittent blurry vision and left eye pain for 3 months, and a left-sided orbital headache for 1 day. He repor...
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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Eye Injury

An 11-year-old male presented to a pediatric trauma center following a motor vehicle collision (MVC). He was the restrained front-seat passenger ...
Tactical Medicine News

REBEL Core Cast 42.0 – Orbital Compartment Syndrome

Take Home Points Trauma resulting in a retrobulbar hemorrhage can lead to orbital compartment syndrome which is a vision threatening injury Diagno...
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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Atraumatic Proptosis

An 85-year-old female with a past history of hypertension presents with acute right-eye pain, redness, and proptosis/bulging for the past two mon...
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Gaining the Diagnosis of Vitreous Hemorrhage with Ultrasound

A 54 year-old male presents to the emergency department with an eye complaint. The patient works as a cook and while cleaning the grill several hou...
Tactical Medicine News

SAEM Clinical Image Series: A Case of a Painful Facial Rash

A 65-year-old female without any significant past medical history presented to the emergency department with left eye pain and redness. She also ...
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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Eye Trauma and Vision Loss

The patient is a 44-year-old male with a past history of end stage renal disease on hemodialysis, diabetes, and hypertension who presents with ac...
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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Double Vision

Chief complaint: Double vision History of Present Illness: 61 year old female with history of HTN, DM, hyperlipidemia, and chronic low back pa...
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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Seeing Stars

[Click for larger view] Chief complaint: Left eye pain, redness, and foreign body sensation History of Present Illness: 39 year old man presen...
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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Young Woman with a Headache

[Click for larger view] Chief complaint: Headaches for 1 year History of Present Illness: A 31-year-old woman with no significant past history...
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SAEM Clinical Image Series: Corneal Foreign Body

[Click for larger view] Chief complaint: Eye pain History of Present Illness: A 41-year-old man presents with pain and a foreign body sensatio...
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POCUS Cases 3 Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension and Ocular POCUS

In this POCUS Cases 3 - Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension & Ocular POCUS, Dr. Simard explains the limitations of CT head in the diagnosis of...
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Ep 107 Blunt Ocular Trauma Live from The EM Cases Course

In this live podcast on Blunt Ocular Trauma from The EM Cases Course 2018 with Anna MacDonald we discuss the most important diagnoses to consider, ...
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ALiEMCards: The Red and Painful Eye

There is significant overlap among conditions that cause a red, painful, or red AND painful eye. Having trouble keeping them all straight? Need a r...
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Using Eye Anatomy to Recall Key Diagnoses: The Rule of 2’s

Our latest ALiEM Card introduces the “Rule of 2’s,” a simple method that uses eye anatomy to help you recall some of the major ocular diagnoses! It...
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ALiEM’s Greatest Hits for Interns: A Curated Collection of High-Yield Topics

Congratulations, you’ve made it! On July 1, thousands of medical students across the country made the transition to becoming Emergency Medicine re...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: Ocular ultrasound for the swollen traumatic eye

You are caring for a patient with an incredibly swollen eye – like a scene out of almost any Rocky film. This patient is likely going to the ...
Tactical Medicine News

Journal Jam 6 – Outpatient Topical Anesthetics for Corneal Abrasions

This is EM Cases Journal Jam Podcast 6 - Outpatient Topical Anesthetics for Corneal Abrasions. I’ve been told countless times by ophthalmologists a...
Tactical Medicine News

Ultrasound For The Win! Case – 76M with Right-Sided Vision Loss #US4TW

Welcome to another ultrasound-based case, part of the “Ultrasound For The Win!” (#US4TW) Case Series. In this case series, we focus on a real clini...
Tactical Medicine News

Diagnose on Sight: Traumatic Vision Loss

Case: A 60 year old male presents after being hit by an automobile while riding his bicycle. He has significant blunt head trauma. His left eye is ...
Tactical Medicine News

Tricks of the Trade: Fluorescein application techniques for the eye

Application of fluorescein is a vital part of the workup of ocular complaints. Despite some studies showing questionable support, the typical cited...
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Trick of the Trade: Eye pH

Your patient presents with an ocular burn after accidentally splashing an industrial acid on his face. You, however, can not seem to find the ever...
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PV Card: Focused Ocular Ultrasound

Ocular injuries and pathology are a common cause for Emergency Department visits. With bedside ultrasonography, many of these conditions can be ass...
Tactical Medicine News

AIR Series: HEENT Module 2014

Welcome to the second ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) Module! In an effort to reward our readers for the reading and learning they are...
Tactical Medicine News

Ocular Ultrasound: Retinal Detachment and Posterior Vitreous Detachment

It’s 3 am in the middle of your busy night shift and you begin your evaluation of a 65 year-old woman with diabetes with several hours of unilatera...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: Fluorescein for lost contact lens

A patient’s contact lens broke when she was trying to take it off.  She feels the pieces are still inside her eye, but she was unable to fish them...
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Trick of the Trade: Recognizing eyedrop bottles by color

Have you ever wondered why prescription eyedrops have different color bottle caps? Did you know that the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) h...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: Photograph slit lamp findings

How do you capture the image of the eye on slit lamp exam either for the patient or your ophthalmology consult? It’s often easier to show someone a...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: Fluorescein eyedrops

This is a guest post by Dr. Ian Brown (Stanford): The Roberts textbook describes the procedure of corneal fluorescein staining as touching a moist...
Tactical Medicine News

Videos: The EM Eye Exam

Thanks to Dr. David Duong and Dr. Najm Haqu (UCSF) for letting me cross-post their amazing instructional video on the “EM Eye Exam”. These videos w...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: Check pupillary constriction with ultrasound

In some trauma patients with head and face trauma, you will need to check their pupillary response to light. Severe periorbital and eyelid swelling...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: Benzoin for opening traumatic, swollen eyelids

Patients who sustain facial trauma often have swollen eyelids. They may be so swollen that it is impossible to pull back the eyelids for an ocular...
Tactical Medicine News

Tricks of the Trade: Finding the wandering contact lens

Contact lens wearers are familiar with the phenomenon of the wandering lens. What should you do if you can’t visualize the contact lens of a patien...
Tactical Medicine News

Retinal detachment on ultrasound

I just wanted to revisit the Trick of using bedside ultrasonography to diagnose retinal detachments. Be sure to use plenty of ultrasound gel and us...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: Retracting Swollen Eyelids

Eyelids can become edematous from blunt trauma and local inflammation, making it difficult to visualize the orbit. How do you retract the eyelids, ...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the trade: Eye irrigation setup

Morgan lens are placed to irrigate eyes splashed with foreign substances. Whenever I place them, images of horror and torture movies arise. Especia...
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