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Orientation, history taking, and examinationbyHani Al-MezaineAssociate ProfessorCollege Of MedicineKing Saud University



Course OPH 432


a. To know the basic ophthalmic anatomy and physiology.

b. To recognize assessment and management of common ophthalmic diseases.

c. To know how to handle common ophthalmic emergencies.

d. To handle simple ophthalmic diagnostic instruments.

e. To be aware of common ophthalmic operations.

Components of the course
Components of the course

  • Lectures

  • Clinics

  • OR

  • Clinical sessions

  • ER


  • History taking and physical examination in ophthalmology

  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye

  • Lid, Lacrimal, and Orbit Disorders

  • Ocular emergencies and red eye

  • Strabismus, Amblyopia and Leukocoria

  • Acute Visual Loss


  • Chronic Visual Loss

  • Refractive Errors

  • Ocular manifestations of systemic diseases

  • Neuro-ophthalmology

  • Ocular Pharmacology and Toxicology

Clinical skill sessions
Clinical skill sessions

  • External Ocular Examination, Ocular motality and Alignment

  • Visual acuity and Ophthalmoscopy

  • Visual field, Tonometry, Pupill Examination

Marks distribution
Marks distribution

  • 35 marks for the MCQs

  • 60 marks for the OSCE

  • 5 marks for attendance in clinical sessions, clinics, ER, OR.

Recommended textbooks
Recommended textbooks

1. Required Text(s)

a. Lecture notes Ophthalmology (latest edition)

By: Bruce James (published by Blackwell Science)

b. Basic Ophthalmology (latest edition)

By: Cynthia A. Bradford (latest edition)

(published by American Academy of Ophthalmology)

c. Practical Ophthalmology: A manual for Beginning Residents (latest edition)

By: Fred M. Wilson (published by American Academy of Ophthalmology

2 references
2. References

  • Vaughan and Asbury’s general Ophthalmology

    By: Paul Riordan-Eva (published by LANGE)

  • Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach

    By : Jack T. Kanski (published by Butterworth Heinemann)

C electronic materials web sites
c. Electronic Materials, Web Sites

1. Department internet website.

2. Department’s teaching staff personal websites on University site.

3. University and KKUH/KAUH Library.

4. Audiovisual Unit of the Ophthalmology Department.

5. PubMed

5. Medscape

6. The digital journal of ophthalmology (www.djo.harvard.edu)


If there is a barrier between the examiner and the patient – a barrier with an opening of 1 square inch through which the examination can be performed.

Which square inch you will choose??!!



Examples that it reveals enormous amount of general information.

Neurological connections

Neurological connections that it reveals enormous amount of general information.





ON has the diagnostically useful capability of swelling with ↑ ICP (papilledema).


visibly pale (optic atrophy) when its nerve fibers damaged at any point from Retina → LGB.


The study of CN III, IV, V, VI can evaluates the brain stem , cavernous sinus, apex of orbit .



Focal brain lesions like: pressure on pupil constrictor fibers of CN III.

Vascular occlusions



Diffuse brain lesions like:


Demyelinating disorders → nerve damage.

Vascular connections

Vascular connections pressure on pupil constrictor fibers of CN III.


Venous flow disorder: pressure on pupil constrictor fibers of CN III.

cavernous sinus thrombosis,

carotid – cavernous fistula

(orbital congestion)




Thyroid eye disease heart valves, :

Exophthalmos, Lid retraction.


(Syphilis,Toxoplasmosis, Rubella)


Mucocutaneous heart valves, disorders:

SJS, pemphigus

Elastic tissue:


Allergy: VKC


  • Chromosomal abnormalities: heart valves,

    Trisomy: 13,15, 21.

  • The eye is a delicate indicator of poisoning:

    -Morphine addict → meiotic pupil

    -Lead poisoning, vitamin A intoxication

    → papilledema



  • Obtain an ocular and systemic history. evaluation?

  • Determine the optical and health status of the eye and visual system.

  • Identify risk factors for ocular and systemic disease.

  • Detect and diagnose ocular diseases.



HISTORY symptoms and signs of systemic disease.


  • It is a gathering information process from the patient guided by an educated and active mind.

  • It is a selective guided and progressive elicitation and recognition of significant information

  • History by skilled person can arrive at the proper diagnosis in 90% of patients.


  • It gives vital guidance for: guided by an educated and active mind.

    (a) physical examination

    (b) laboratory work

    (c) Therapy

  • Failure to take history can lead to missing vision or life threatening conditions.


Chief complaint: guided by an educated and active mind.’’The patient’s own words’’

‘’she cannot see with the RE’’

You should not come to conclusion that her problem is nearsightedness and write down “Myopia of RE”.

  • The patient needs will not be satisfied until he/she has received an acceptable explanation of the meaning of the chief complaint and its proper management.


History of the Present Illness: guided by an educated and active mind.

  • Detailed description of the chief complaint to understand the symptoms and course of the disorder.

  • Listen andquestion and then write down in orderly sequence that make sense to you.


* guided by an educated and active mind.The time sequence

when, How fast, what order did events occur?

* Frequency, intermittency

* location, Laterality

* Severity

* Associated symptoms * Documentation (old records, photo)

e.gptosis, proptosis, VII N palsy.

  • gradual painless decrease vision both eyes for 1y.

  • Sudden painless decrease vision RE for 10 min.


“cannot see with RE”!! guided by an educated and active mind.

  • ? Only distance vision blurred.

  • ? Blind spot is present in the center of VF

  • ? Right side of VF of the RE lost

  • ? Right VF of both eyes lost

  • ? A diffuse haze obscures the entire field of RE

  • Each of these has different diagnostic implication

  • Most pt. has difficulty providing precise and concise description


Disturbances of vision: guided by an educated and active mind.

  • Blurred or decreased central vision

  • Decreased peripheral vision. (glaucoma)

  • Altered image size.

    (micropsia, macropsia, metamorphopsia).

  • Diplopia (monocular, binocular)

  • Floaters

  • Photopsia (flash of light)


  • Color vision abnormalities. guided by an educated and active mind.

  • Dark adaptation problems.

  • Blindness

    (ocular, cortical).

  • Oscillopsia

    (shaking of images).


Ocular pain or discomfort: guided by an educated and active mind.

  • Foreign body sensation

  • Ciliary pain (aching, severe pain in or around the eye, often radiating to the ipsilateral forehead, molar area)

  • Photophobia

  • Headache

  • Burning

  • Dryness

  • Itching: patient rub the eye vigorously (allergy)

  • Asthenopia(eye strain)


Abnormal ocular secretions: guided by an educated and active mind.

  • Lacrimation, epiphora

  • Dryness

  • Discharge

    (purulent, mucopurulent, mucoid,



Family history
Family history: guided by an educated and active mind.

  • Many eye conditions are inherited

    RE, glaucoma, strabismus, retinoblastoma, neoplastic,

    vascular disorders

  • Familial systemic disease can be helpful in ophthalmic evaluation and diagnosis

    Atopy, thyroid diseases, DM, certain malignancies.



  • Ask questions designed to confirm or exclude your tentative diagnosis

    - significant positive

    - significant negative

    ‘’Significant is equal to expected’’

  • predict the physical and lab. finding likely to be


  • any discrepancy between the history and physical examination requires explanation

Ophthalmic examination
Ophthalmic examination diagnosis

Ophthalmic examination


The Purpose is to evaluate: diagnosis

visual eye movement

1. Function non visual


2. Anatomy the adnexa(lid and periocular tissues) the globe

the orbit

Ophthalmic examination1
Ophthalmic diagnosisexamination

  • Visual acuity

  • External examination

  • Motility and alignment

  • Pupil examination

  • Slit lamp biomicroscopy

  • Tonometry

  • Ophthalmoscopy

  • Gonioscopy

  • Retinoscopes


Vision: diagnosis

  • Vital sign (MUST)

  • Good visionintact neurological visual pathology

    structurally healthy eye

    Proper focus

  • Subjective

How to test the vision
How to test the vision? diagnosis

  • display of different –sized targets shown at a standard distance from the eye.

  • Snellen chart.

  • 20/20, 6/6

  • Uncorrected, corrected


Testing poor vision: diagnosis

  • If the patient is unable to read the largest letter <(20/200)

  • Move the patient closer e.g. 5/200

  • If patient cannot read:

    - count fingers (CF)

    - hand motion (HM)

    - Light perception (LP)

    - No light perception (NLP)

External examination
External examination: diagnosis

  • Evaluate by gross inspection and palpation.

  • Ocular adnexa. (lid, periocular area)

  • Skin lesions, growths, inflammatory lesions.


  • Ptosis diagnosis

  • Proptosis, exophthalmos, enophthalmos



Ocular motility: diagnosis

Evaluate -Alignment



Movement: diagnosis

  • Follow a target with both eyes in each of the four cardinal directions of gaze.

  • Note - speed

    - smoothness

    - range


    -unsteadiness of fixation

    e.g nystagmus

Pupils: diagnosis

Examine for size, shape, reactivity to both light and accommodation.

  • Direct response and consensual response.

  • Afferent pupillary defect (Marcus Gunn pupil)

  • Efferent pupillary defect.


  • Pupillary abnormalities: diagnosis

    - neurologic disease

    - previous inflammation – adhesion

    - acute intraocular inflammation - spasm

    - atony

    - prior surgical trauma

    - effect of systemic or eye medication

    - benign variation of normal

Slit lamp examination
Slit lamp examination: diagnosis

Is a table-mounted binocular microscope with special illumination source.

A linear slit beam of light is projected onto the globe – optic cross section of the eye.


Tonometry: segment) can be visualized.

  • The globe is a closed compartment with constant circulation of aqueous humor.

  • This maintains the shape, and relatively uniform pressure within the globe.

  • Normal pressure 10 – 20 mmHg.

Types of tonometry
Types of tonometry: segment) can be visualized.



Goldman segment) can be visualized.tonometer


  • Glodmann segment) can be visualized.applanationtonometer


Tonopen segment) can be visualized.tonometer


Perkin segment) can be visualized.tonometer


Air-puff segment) can be visualized.tonometer

Ophthalmoscopy: segment) can be visualized.

  • Direct ophthalmoscopy:

  • handheld instrument.

  • standardpart of the general

    medical examination.

  • Portable

Indirect ophthalmoscope
Indirect ophthalmoscope segment) can be visualized.

Indirect ophthalmoscoy
Indirect Ophthalmoscoy: segment) can be visualized.

1. provide much wider field of view

2. less magnification (3.5X with 20D lens)

3. brighter light source – better view.

4. Binocular – steroscopic view.

5. Allow entire retina examination till the



Disadvantage: segment) can be visualized.

1. Inverted retinal image.

2. Brighter light is uncomfortable to the



  • Special lenses: segment) can be visualized.


    - other lenses allow evaluation of the posterior segment.

Retinoscope segment) can be visualized.

Retinoscopy segment) can be visualized.