oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Treatment of snake venom ophthalmia

Volume 30, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



We treated 34 patients of snake venom ophthalmia in the eye clinic. All the patients received normal irrigation soon after their arrival in the clinic and soframycin 0.5% eye drops four times daily in both the eyes up to the 7th day after the encounter. Patients with superficial keratitis received homatropine 2% eye drops and an overnight patch until corneal. fluorescein staining was negative.� All the patients recovered by the 7th day without any functional or structural deficit. Anti-snake venom serum, locally or systemic, was not used in any of the cases. Prevention' of infection seems to� be the most important factor in prognosis.

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