Community Acquired Infection

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69--70

Incidence of kerato conjunctivo uveitis caused by traditional eye medications in a teaching hospital of Andhra Pradesh


G Chandrasekhar1, R Sudha1, P Praneeth1, Mahaboob V Shaik2 
1 Department of Ophthalmology, Narayana Medical College and Hospital, Chintareddypalem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Research Scientist, Advance Research Center, Narayana Medical College and Hospital, Chintareddypalem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
G Chandrasekhar
Department of Ophthalmology, Narayana Medical College Hospital, Chintareddypalem, Nellore - 524 003, Andhra Pradesh
India

Traditional eye medications (TEM) usage is still a common practice as most patients in India consult a traditional healer. Poverty, socio-cultural beliefs, poor health-seeking behavior, and lack of access to health facilities are reasons for the persistence of this practice. [1],[2] Fifty patients with kerato conjunctivo uveitis who used TEM, especially some leaf extract for 3 days, visited ophthalmology clinic, Narayana Medical College Hospital during June 2012. Ocular complications included purulent conjunctivitis in 25 subjects, keratitis in 15 subjects, corneal ulcer in 1 subject, and iridocyclitis in 9 subjects respectively. All patients«SQ» disease condition was reversed by the local application of steroid drops, topical antibiotics, anti-allergic drops, and artificial tears. The use of TEM is harmful, further leads to blindness. Proper health education to the public can reduce the prevalence of preventable blindness.


How to cite this article:
Chandrasekhar G, Sudha R, Praneeth P, Shaik MV. Incidence of kerato conjunctivo uveitis caused by traditional eye medications in a teaching hospital of Andhra Pradesh.Community Acquir Infect 2014;1:69-70


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Chandrasekhar G, Sudha R, Praneeth P, Shaik MV. Incidence of kerato conjunctivo uveitis caused by traditional eye medications in a teaching hospital of Andhra Pradesh. Community Acquir Infect [serial online] 2014 [cited 2023 Feb 3 ];1:69-70
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