Perrla Assessment is a truly important part of eye examination to help with the doctors doing their job. Unfortunately, doctors cannot be asked to do this documentation on their own. They do not have the proper training to execute the task so the data gathered from an eye examination must be documented by other practitioners who have the knowledge on how to compile patients’ medical record. Without proper documentation for PERRLA assessment, doctors would find it hard to see the kind of action that needs to be taken in response to a patient’s eye conditions. The purpose of documenting eye assessment is so that the doctors can improve their performance. A doctor’s performance can only be improved in the presence of neatly stored and well-kept assessment data gathered from examination conducted in prior.
Typically, problems may occur when a patient with eye trauma does not get proper assessment on their condition. A nurse may simply ask said patient regarding their conditions and take them for their words. Hospital does not keep a record of the accident and does not conduct any sort of assessment to find out the extent of the injuries sustained by the patient. Eye trauma, regardless of its severity, should always be assessed first so the doctors can quickly map out everything there is to do with treatments and care for the patient.
Perrla Assessment consists of several interconnected elements:
- Checking the pupils’ size,
- Assessment on the pupils’ shape, and
- Figuring out the reactivity of the pupils to both accommodation and light.
By doing something as simple as seeing whether the pupils are properly working or not can already help everyone involved in a case of eye trauma. A medical examination can properly find out if a patient requires further and more elaborate treatments from assessment of a patient’s pupils. A doctor can move on quickly to the next obvious step if provided with enough information regarding a patient’s condition. A patient with eye trauma can benefit from appropriate handling from the doctors and examiners in a lot faster way—which may contribute to an increase in chance of recovery. A medical examiner dealing with a patient with eye trauma should never rely on mere interview with a patient. A patient is under a lot of stress due to the injuries he or she sustains in their eyes. Everything that they say should be kept on record, no matter what, but should never be taken as it is. Direct assessment on their pupils serves as a more reliable way that can be trusted and used in determining the best course of actions to deal with the injuries.
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Assessment on pupils is not confined to those who have sustained injuries in their eyes. Those with seemingly normal eyes should also be assessed on how properly their eyes react to light because there could be underlying issues that otherwise remain obscured through other means of physical examinations. In short, documentation should be done for assessment of both normal (normal-looking) and affected pupils.