UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Neurology

Title: Eye Response Component of GCS

Keywords: gcs, glasgow coma scale (PubMed Search)

Posted: 1/15/2009 by Aisha Liferidge, MD (Updated: 9/24/2021)
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  • Eye function is one of the three neurologic responses assessed by the Glasgow Coma Sacle ( GCS).
  • This response is scored on a scale of 1 to 4, 4 being the best response.
    • 4 =  Spontaneous eye opening.
    • 3 = Eye opening in response to speech (not to be confused with eye opening in an asleep patient when prompted with speech; these would receive a 4, not a 3).
    • 2 = Eye opening with painful stimuli (i.e. nailbed pressure, supraorbital compression, and/or sternal rub).
    • 1 = No eye opening.