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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 7, Issue 3, July 2013 pp 89-90

Case Report

Uniocular External Ophthalmomyiasis due to Oestrus ovis: Two cases on two Consecutive days

Kena Joshi1, D. K. Sindal2, Vaishali Pawar3, Satyajeet Pawar4

{1PG student, 2Prof & Head, 3Senior Resident} Department of Ophthalmology

4Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology

Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Ophthalmomyiasis, fly larvae infestation, is a rare condition that can have variable presentation depending on the type of fly, the ocular structures involved, and the level of penetration. We present 2 cases with complaints of foreign body sensation, pain, redness and watering in one eye. Mechanical removal and good local treatment helped the patients; removed larvae were identified to be of oestrus ovis (sheep nasal botfly). Ophthalmomyiasis externa is mainly caused by sheep nasal botfly and is common in farming communities, the reported cases are also farmers by occupation. If not detected and treated early the external disease may get converted into internal ophthalmomyiasis leading to serious complications like vitreous haemorrhage and retinal detachment. The infestation is rare in India and very few cases are on records.