Massive Worm Removed from Man’s Eye
Posted on July 12, 2012
A man in India went to the doctor, complaining about a pain in his eye. When the eye doctor, Dr. V. Seetharaman, examined the man’s eye, he was shocked to find a wiggly surprise hidden inside.
P. K. Krishnamurthy, 75, was admitted for immediate surgery. After successfully removing the worm, both men were further surprised by the worm’s size — 13 centimeters long!
“It was wriggling there under the conjunctiva,” Seetharaman said, referring to the thin membrane that lines the eye. “It was the first time in my career of 30 years that I had seen such a case.”
The worm was removed by making a small opening in the conjunctiva. The 15-minute operation was witnessed by Saraswati, Krishnamurthy’s wife.
“It just kept moving and jumping. It was scary for a bit,” she said.
If the worm had stayed much longer in Krishnamurthy’s eye, it could have caused him to go completely blind in that eye. According to Dr. Seetharaman, the worm could have entered through an open wound or from Mr. Krishnamurthy’s consuming raw or improperly cooked food.
Dr S. Narayani, Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital director, agreed that this is an extremely rare situation.
“We have a very active ophthalmology department and we have not come across a case like this in the last 10 years.”
The video below shows the actual operation, detailing how the worm was removed.