Chapter 26. Eye Conditions

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician3,4,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow5 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer6,7
  1. James Elder MBBS, FRANZCO, FRACS Associate Professor Director1 and
  2. Peter Barnett MBBS, FRACP, MSc, FACEM, MSpMed Deputy Director Associate Clinical Professor2

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch26

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Elder, J. and Barnett, P. (2009) Eye Conditions, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch26

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 4

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 5

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 7

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Ophthalmology, Australia

  2. 2

    Emergency Department, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • eye conditions;
  • hyphaema (blood in anterior chamber) - blunt trauma to eye;
  • penetrating injury (including intraocular foreign body);
  • neonatal conjunctivitis (ophthalmia neonatorum);
  • conjunctivitis in older children;
  • watery eyes - common in children - either poor tear drainage or overproduction;
  • eyelid lumps and ptosis;
  • rare but important eye conditions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Important principles

  • Trauma

  • Acute red eye

  • Periorbital and orbital cellulitis

  • Watering eyes

  • Strabismus or squint (turned eye)

  • Eyelid lumps and ptosis

  • Rare but important eye conditions