Delhi Journal of Ophthalmology

Multiple Retained Ocular Bee Stingers

Arti Sareen, Mukta Sharma, S.S. Negi
Department of Ophthalmology, Himachal Pradesh University, DDU Zonal Hospital, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

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

Corresponding Author:

Arti Sareen
Himachal Pradesh University
Department of Ophthalmology
DDU Zonal Hospital, Shimla,
Himachal Pradesh, India
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Received: 15-JUL-2019 Accepted: 07-AUG-2019 Published Online: 27-FEB-2020

Bee sting injuries, though rare in the eye, can be visually incapacitating for the patient if they occur. They have a wide variety of ocular manifestations ranging from involvement of the ocular surface right up to the optic nerve. This could be due to the venom of the bee itself, the sharp nature of the stinger, the toxic nature of the singer or the induction of the immunological response by the patient. Also, the introduction of the stinger in the eye may sometimes cause infection. These can individually or in part play a role in the clinical manifestations of a patient. We report a case of a 24-year-old female who had history of anaphylaxis due to multiple bee stings all over her body (including severe periorbital edema) one month back. After resolution of her acute symptoms she noticed a foreign body sensation, redness, lacrimation diminution of vision and pain in her left eye for which she came to us. Her Visual Acuity at presentation was 6/12in the left eye. On slit lamp examination two stingers were found embedded in her upper tarsal conjunctiva and one stinger was seen in the anterior chamber. All the three stingers were successfully removed mechanically after which she was prescribed topical antibiotics, steroids and cyclopentolate. This led to resolution of all her symptoms and improvement of her visual acuity to 6/6 within 5 days.

Keywords :Bee stinger, foreign body sensation, pain, prompt removal