Eye care for critically ill adults

Published: December 2021

Eye care is important for the effective clinical management of critically ill patients in intensive care.

Regular eye care can prevent:

  • dryness
  • damage to the eye
  • complications
  • infection.

The guide provides recommendations for:

  • patient assessment
  • interventions
  • infection prevention
  • clinical governance.

The guide is a revision of Eye Care Clinical Practice Guidelines, first released in 2014.

Read the Eye care of the critically ill: Clinical practice guide.

Eye care for critically ill adults guideline


The information on this page is general in nature and cannot reflect individual patient variation. It reflects Australian intensive care practice, which may differ from that in other countries. It is intended as a supplement to the more specific information provided by the doctors and nurses caring for your loved one. ICNSW attests to the accuracy of the information contained here but takes no responsibility for how it may apply to an individual patient. Please refer to the full disclaimer.