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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 80-82

Corneal blindness following traditional medicinal practices after snakebite

Cornea Services, Department of Ophthalmology, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India

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Radhika Tandon
Dr R.P Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.77197

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We report two cases of bilateral corneal blindness. The first case was a 38-year-old male who presented with bilateral corneal abscesses after a whitish powder was instilled into his eyes by a snake charmer following a snakebite on his right foot. The left eye responded to medical management with intensive topical antibiotics and in the right eye, a penetrating keratoplasty was performed to salvage vision. Another 19-year-old male sustained a similar injury. The right eye responded to medical management and a large-diameter lamellar keratoplasty with symblepharon release was performed for limbal stem cell deficiency in the left eye. Use of traditional eye medicines by snake charmers is still rampant in rural areas of developing countries. Awareness among medical practitioners and the general population is important to avoid the serious blinding consequences of this menace.

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