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Emergency Medical Minute


Mar 19, 2019

Author: Dylan Luyten, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • 1:500 patients will experience a retinal detachment
  • Consider stroke on your differential (central retinal arterial occlusion)
  • Flashes and floaters are a common complaint with retinal detachments
  • Though patients may report fields of vision loss, visual acuity is often spared
  • Ocular ultrasound is an effective way to diagnosis retinal detachment in the ED
  • These require urgent ophthalmologic consultation for surgical repair


Gottlieb M, Holladay D, Peksa GD. Point-of-Care Ocular Ultrasound for the Diagnosis of Retinal Detachment: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Acad Emerg Med. 2019 Jan 13. doi: 10.1111/acem.13682. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30636351.


Summarized by Will Dewsipelaere, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD