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Foreign Bodies Trauma and Burns Affecting the Eye course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
RCGP, elfh, NHS

This session describes the management of superficial foreign bodies in the eye, corneal abrasions, and how to identify a patient with serious ocular injury.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in January 2022.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • explain the immediate treatment of chemical burns
  • demonstrate the procedure for the removal of a superficial foreign body and the assessment of a retained foreign body
  • discuss superficial trauma and how to assess for foreign bodies, abrasions and lid lacerations, including use of fluorescein
  • describe the management of a corneal abrasion
  • recognise signs of severe ocular injury

Eye injury is common in both children and adults, with males being more frequently affected than females. Injuries can happen in the home, at work or while people are taking part in sports and hobbies.

Instructors / Speakers
Stella Hornby,
Consultant Ophthalmologist in Urgent Eye Care & Primary Care Ophthalmology

Stella Hornby is currently clinical lead for Ophthalmology and Lead for the Eye Emergency Department in Oxford Eye Hospital.

She has a special interest in emergency eye care, primary care ophthalmology, diabetic retinopathy, low vision and education and is particularly known for her skills in diagnosis and her ‘down to earth’ common sense approach to medicine.

Stella is a Partner in Primary Care Ophthalmology LLP which organises training courses for GPs. She is also Annual Primary Care Ophthalmology Conference and RCOphth representative for Map of Medicine, Primary and Community Eye Health Committee (Vision2020) and the primary care representative of the RCOphth Professional Standards Committee.

Foreign Bodies Trauma and Burns Affecting the Eye course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Eye and ear medicine
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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