Category: Tropical papers

Normal glaucoma surgical rate in Africa?

50 trabs per one million of population. So little must be done to improve glaucoma management, according to review from West African studies.

Readily available antifungal eyedrops for tropics

Chlorhexidine solution is effective against fungal infections. As well against corneal ones. There is a cost-effective way to produce such drops, which can be stable over a long term.

👍🏾Readily available antifungal drops, cool idea.

OSSN behind a Pterygium

There’s a new study from Canada, where they found, that around 3% of excised pterygia are appeared to be pcular surface squamous neopleasia histologically. In endemic regions of Africa this percent schould be much higher.

How does cornea by onchocerciasis look like?

“The characteristic facial expression of the onchocerciasis patients is also based on the interstitial keratitis, which prefers a horizontal axis and creates a vertical positioned ovular bow in the ribbon shaped degeneration of the cornea”. (c) Dr. Guido Kluxen’s excellent reasearch book “Dr. Jean Hissette’s Research Expeditions to Elucidate River Blindness”, 2011

I think I had never seen onchocerciasis patients in Zambia. Although onchocerciasis is not endemic there, one sees daily unclear corneal opacities as a result of various keratitides or uveitides. Some patients travel from Angola, Namibia and Congo. The latter should still be endemic… So I decided to google these corneas, as the description is not too descriptive.

Keratitis semilunaris, sclerosing keratitis by onchocerciasis, (c)