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Unsettling Eye Itch Turns Into A Horrific Medical Nightmare For One Woman

If you’ve ever had an itchy eye and completely blown it off, chances are you’ll never do that again without making sure it’s nothing major after hearing this tale. A 56-year-old woman from India, who is known only as Lalitha, was apparently having some trouble with an itchy eye for some time.

She would finally seek medical attention, and it would take doctors a while to figure out what the problem was.

Various tests were run, and doctors would eventually make a terrifying discovery. Turns out the woman’s eye was so itchy because she had a parasitic worm invade her eye socket and take up residence inside of her eye.

Yes, seriously. As the Daily Mail explains, that opened up all sorts of questions, as the woman was at serious risk of an infection known as dirofilariasis.

“Dirofilariasis in humans is an infection that is caused by a specific roundworm called dirofilaria. Patients normally notice a slight bump in the area where they have been infected,” the site explains. “Dogs, wolves and raccoons commonly transmit the parasite to human hosts, as well as mosquitos, fleas, lice and ticks. The majority of cases, of which there are less than 900 worldwide, are reported from southern and eastern Europe, Sri Lanka, Italy, France, Greece and Spain.”

Unfortunately for Lalitha, that would turn out to be the case. A team at a Government-run hospital in Ernakulam, Kerala was left with no choice but to operate in a bid to evict this unwelcome intruder.

This wasn’t just some random microscopic parasite that they happened to come across by chance. Quite different, actually. So how big was it?

This was a seven-centimeter worm that had bored itself into her eye. Allow that to sink in for a moment. It’s unclear exactly how this happened, or if she ever had the feeling that her eye socket was being invaded by a creepy wiggly thing.

We’ll assume not, but there’s no clarity on exactly how long she was suffering from an itchy eye. Either way, it sounds like she was lucky to have sought out attention when she did, as there’s no telling how much worse her infection may have got or what further damage her unwelcome visitor may have caused.

As for the surgery, the whole thing was captured on video, but be forewarned that it’s not something for the faint of heart. You get to see the whole thing, which lasted for about ten minutes.

Doctors, with the assistance of medical equipment, were able to extract the worm from her eye. That put an end to her itchiness, but we’ll assume she had several days worth of pain while she was on the mend.

No comments have been forthcoming from Lalitha as of yet, but we can safely assume she’s pretty happy to be worm free. Hopefully, her vision will remain fully intact after this scary episode. Kudos to the doctors for picking up what the problem was, as well as for the amazing skill they displayed during the surgery.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Surian Soosay/Flickr, U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson Generic Photo, Daily Mail Screenshots

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