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Worm Found In Boy's Eye, Causes Severe Damage

But imagine for once what you perceived to be an eyelash lingering inside your eye actually turned out to be a wriggling worm. Well, this turned out to be the worst nightmare for a teenager in Mexico.

Worm Found In Boy's Eye, Causes Severe Damage

Flatworm found in teenager's eye

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Flatworm found in teenager's eye, severe damage caused to eye
  2. Worm survived in his eyeball comfortably and created holes in his iris
  3. His vision showed no improvement after six months of surgery

Mexico: We all know how discomforting it is to have a lost contact lens or a lingering eyelash or shampoo entering your eye during a head wash. Eyes are incredibly sensitive and even the slightest disturbance can lead to great levels of discomfort. Luckily, it is only temporary. But imagine for once what you perceived to be an eyelash lingering inside your eye actually turned out to be a wriggling worm. Well, this turned out to be the worst nightmare for a teenager in Mexico.

The 17 YO boy started to feel a great deal of discomfort in his right eye. His vision declined and that too, very quickly. After three weeks, he decided to check with a doctor. After an eye examination it was found that a flatworm, about 3mm long and 1mm wide was lingering in his eyeball. If this doesn't surprise you well enough, you will surely be amazed to know how it was living in the boy's eye.

flatworm found in teenagers eye

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The worm survived in his eyeball comfortably and created holes in his iris as it moved around. Dr. Pablo Guzman-Salas, who treated the patient, revealed that the worm was "moving freely in the eye."

He has suffered severe damage in multiple parts of his eye, the retina, cornea and iris. It was necessary for the patient to go through an eye surgery. Doctors successfully removed the worm in pieces as per reports. Sadly, his vision showed no improvement after six months.


But it is curious how the worm got there. Doctors were not quite sure of how it may have happened because the boy didn't reveal eating any such foods that could have caused the damage. He didn't swim in lakes or any such water bodies to catch the parasite. Experts of the same institute said that this was the first of its kind case.

A U.S. eye doctor told CBS that it's not typical but it does happen at times.

"This is a rare, but well-known -- to ophthalmologists at least -- cause of vision loss," said Dr. Jules Winokur, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"Animals such as dogs, raccoons, skunks, fish or frogs can carry the parasite, and people can get infected either through ingesting the eggs or through contact with invasion through the skin," he said.



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