Corneal ulcer and germinated paddy seed in the superior fornix
Paddy seed injury of cornea during harvesting season is very common in coastal India where rice is grown as the main crop. A 42-year-old man, farmer, presented with history of redness and visual loss in left eye for 2 months. His presenting visual acuity was 20/400. He had mild lid edema, bulbar congestion, and corneal ulcer in the upper half of the cornea [Fig. 1a]. On eversion of upper lid, we found a germinated paddy seed in vegetative stage which was removed with a cotton bud [Fig. 1b]. KOH mount preparation showed filamentous fungus. The ulcer healed with natamycin eye drops within 2 weeks with final visual acuity of 20/60 [Fig. 1c].
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