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PHOTO ESSAY
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 277-278

Phthiriasis palpebrarum - An easily missed diagnosis


1 Consultant Ophthalmologist and Phacosurgeon, Department of General Ophthalmology and Cataract, Comtrust Eye Hospital, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
2 Glaucoma Consultant and Phacosurgeon, Department of General Ophthalmology and Cataract, Comtrust Eye Hospital, Calicut, Kerala, India

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DOI: 10.4103/kjo.kjo_89_22

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We report a case of phthiriasis palpebrarum, which was previously misdiagnosed as anterior blepharitis. Several lice and multiple nits were noted on the eyelashes in left eye under slit-lamp examination. The patient was successfully managed by mechanical removal of lice and nits after applying 20% fluorescein dye and subsequent treatment with 0.5% moxifloxacin eye ointment containing soft paraffin as the base.


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