Delhi Journal of Ophthalmology

A Rare Case of Ophthalmia Nodosa

Aman Gaur1, Jolly Rohatgi2, Shachi Srivastava2
1CGHS Specialist Wing & Deptt of Ophthalmology, VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
2Deptt of Ophthalmology, UCMS & Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, New Delhi, India

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

Corresponding Author:

Shachi Srivastava
Department of Ophthalmology
UCMS & Guru Teg Bahadur Hospitial,
New Delhi, India
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Received: 12-AUG-2019 Accepted: 05-SEP-2019 Published Online: 26-DEC-2019

Ophthalmia Nodosa is an ocular inflammatory response to foreign bodies like insect hair. Initially it manifests as marked lid edema and intense congestion with associated multiple corneal abrasions. Later, entry of insect hair in ocular tissues may result in nodular conjunctivitis, iridocyclitis, vitritis and panophthalmitis. Here, we present a similar case of insect hair in eye with recurrent attacks of conjunctivitis and ophthalmia nodosa which required multiple follow ups of hair removal and later surgical excision of nodular conjunctival lesions containing insect hair.

Keywords :Ophthalmia nodosa, caterpillar hair, insect hair, setae