Delhi Journal of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmomyiasis Externa - A Rare Case Report from Uttar Pradesh, India

Rita Aggarwal, Ritika Aggarwal, L. Sarkar, Pooja Gupta, Yamini Sahu
Department of Ophthalmology, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

Editor-in-Chief, Delhi Journal of Ophthalmology, Dr R.P.Centre, AIIMS.

Corresponding Author:

Rita Aggarwal 
Department of Ophthalmology
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and 
Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi - 110029
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Published Online: 31-JAN-2019

Ophthalmomyiasis is the infestation of human eye with larvae of certain flies. Only a few cases of Ophthalmomyiasis externa have been reported from India. We report a human case of external ophthalmomyiasis caused by the larva of oestrus ovis (sheep botfly) for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, from Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh. A 32 year old male patient presented with redness and watering in the right eye. A moving larva was found in his right inferior fornix and after its removal, the symptoms improved after a few hours.

Keywords :Ophthalmomyiasis, Oestrus ovis, Sheep botfly, Conjunctivitis