There are some precious things that could make 2020 worse than it already is. But a rare bee stings to the right of eye sight.
This week doctors released a picture of such an unusual ocular implant. Photo, Appears in the New England Journal of Medicine, Includes a brief report on the patient’s condition and recovery. Although reading this horror show of a year can sometimes feel like being repeatedly stabbed in the peers, the details confirm that the real thing is actually quite unpleasant.
The patient, a 22-year-old male, showed redness, pain and decreased vision in his left eye in a hospital emergency department, which took a bee sting an hour ago. Although the man had 20/20 vision in his right eye, the left eye could only see hand gestures close to his face.
With a closer look (see Here), Doctors said he saw widespread fainting in his left eye due to swelling, and – most clearly – a bee stinger still protruding from his eyelid, surrounded by some eye debris. In particular, the small spear is embedded in the human cornea — the clear, dome-shaped outer layer of tissue in front of the eye that helps focus light.
Doctors note that corneal run-throats with bee stinger are rare. But when they do, there is a risk that the corneal tissue will fail and become cloudy (corneal decompensation). There is also the possibility of secondary glaucoma, which increases the pressure inside the eye and causes damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision.
Doctors gave the man some antibiotic eye drops and local anesthesia. They then thoroughly cleaned the puncture wound and covered it with corneal formulas. Finally, they gave the man two weeks worth of glucocorticoids, antibiotics and ophthalmic drugs that tried to prevent inflammation, pain and secondary infection.
At a relatively happy ending, a three-month follow-up visit revealed that the man’s eye had largely recovered. Corneal swelling is completely reduced, and the man’s vision in his left eye is 20/40.
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