Common eye conditions


  • Overview
  • Pre-Test
  • Introduction
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Chloramphenicol
  • OTC treatment
  • Other antibacterial treatments
  • When to refer
  • Contact lens wearers
  • Weighing up the need for chloramphenicol
  • Practical advice
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Practical advice for allergic conjunctivitis
  • Learning scenario
  • Learning scenario (answers)
  • Dry eye
  • Treatment
  • When to refer
  • Learning scenario
  • Learning scenario (answers)
  • Other eye problems
  • Post-Test
  • Action & Evaluation


This CPD module is on Common Eye Conditions. It will consider the most common conditions affecting the eye, their symptoms and treatments.

Record your learning from this module and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end


To offer an overview of the management of common eye conditions with the emphasis on conjunctivitis and dry eye.


After studying this module you should be able to:

  • Explain the symptoms of, and treatments for, common eye conditions
  • Discuss the pros and cons of treating conjunctivitis with topical chloramphenicol
  • Make a suitable product recommendation for dry eye syndrome.

Contributing author:

Andrea Tarr, BPharm, MSc, MRPharmS, clinical and medical writer.

How to use this module

You can test your existing understanding of this topic by completing the initial pre-test. Then work through the module before taking the post-test to see if your knowledge has improved.

Record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end of this module, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacists. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.


Working in association with the RPS Faculty

These CPD modules are an important part of advancing your professional development, providing you with essential knowledge and skills.
They can be considered alongside other activities for inclusion in your RPS Faculty portfolio. The RPS Faculty is a professional recognition programme for all pharmacists in all sectors at all stages of their career and involves assessment of a practice-based portfolio that recognises your professional development. This allows you to demonstrate to others your level of attainment and stage of advanced practice. It also helps you identify what you need to know at different stages of your career. Start your Faculty journey by accessing the portfolio and tools at


Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.


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