Ocular pruritus—often referred to by patients as “itchy eyes”—is a common, irritating condition often seen in the primary care setting. Read this case to learn best practices for taking complete histories, the best management options, and how to determine what can be managed in primary care and what should be referred to an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Case study with interactive benchmarking
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Implement recommended assessments to identify the cause of ocular pruritus
- Formulate initial nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment strategies for ocular pruritus
NPs and PAs
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In support of improving patient care, Practicing Clinicians Exchange is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
ANCC Credit Designation
NP course advisor: Mary Knudtson, DNSc, NP, FAAN, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California
Nursing contact hours: 0.50, which includes 0.50 hours of pharmacology credit.
AAPA Credit Designation
Practicing Clinicians Exchange has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. Approval is valid until July 14, 2022. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
PA course advisor: Daniel Forsberg, PA-C, MPH, CPH, DFAAPA, Touro College, Skokie, Illinois
IPCE Credit Designation
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Alcon Vision, LLC.
The opinions or views expressed in this CE/CME activity do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Practicing Clinicians Exchange or any educational supporter.
All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by Practicing Clinicians Exchange are required to disclose to the audience any relevant support or substantial relationships with providers of commercial products and/or devices discussed in this activity and/or with any commercial supporters of the activity. In addition, all faculty are required to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices discussed in this activity. The faculty and planning committee have been advised that this activity must be free from commercial bias, and based upon all the available scientifically rigorous data from research that conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
Dr Liu has no relevant ﬁnancial relationships to disclose.
None of the members of the planning committee or PCE staff have any relevant relationships to disclose.
Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:
- Read the content in its entirety
- Relate the content material to the learning objectives
- Complete the post-test and evaluation form
Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 50%.
The estimated time to complete this activity is 0.50 hours.
Release date: July 15, 2021
Expiration date: July 14, 2022
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