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Vidi, vini, vinci: External ophthalmomyiasis infection that occurred, and was diagnosed and treated in a single day: A rare case report

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Author(s): Thakur Kamlesh | Singh Gagandeep | Chauhan Smriti | Sood Anuradha

Journal: Oman Journal of Ophthalmology
ISSN 0974-620X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 130;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Acute presentation | maggots | Oestrus ovis | ophthalmomyiasis

ABSTRACT
Ophthalmomyiasis is an infestation of eye with larvae or maggots of certain flies. Oestrus ovis (sheep nasal botfly) belonging to family Oestridae is the most common cause of human myiasis. We describe here an acute presentation of a case of external ophthalmomyiasis, i.e., infestation of conjunctiva due to first instar larvae of Oestrus ovis. In this case report the occurrence, diagnosis and treatment all took place in the setting of a single day. Prompt treatment by removal of larvae mechanically followed by instillation of antibiotic and steroid eye drops helped to prevent serious complications. The taxonomic identification of fly is also important as some fly species are capable of penetrating deeper tissues of eyes, which is sight threatening.

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