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A 39-year-old man with blindness following the application of raw cassava extract to the eyes
Digital Journal of Ophthalmology 2009
Volume 15, Number 2
May 30, 2009
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Abdulkabir A. Ayanniyi, MBBS, FMCOph | University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
The patient was treated with daily ocular irrigation in the eye clinic, intensive topical application of benzyl penicillin drops, hourly topical ciprofloxacin drops, topical atropine 1% drops, oral ciprofloxacin (ciprotab) and oral ibuprofen. Antifungal eye drops (flucamed) were prescribed but unavailable. On the third day after presentation, the discharge had subsided, the ocular pain was diminished and visual acuities were 1/60. The eyelid edema had decreased and the bases of eroded conjunctivae were more hyperemic. The corneal epithelium was sloughing and residual intact corneas were apparent. The descemetoceles were intact. Treatment was continued until the fourth day after which the patient was lost to follow up.