Doctors at a private center here helped a 13-year-old girl restore her eyesight. She has a rare eye inflammation caused by tuberculosis, but has not yet been diagnosed. The hospital stated that she was taken to the Aakash Healthcare ophthalmology department in Dwarka in May at the height of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The girl’s vision in the left eye decreased by 40% and the vision in the right eye decreased by 20% because her parents were afraid of contracting the virus when they went to the hospital. The hospital said that after two weeks of treatment, a team of doctors in the hospital overcame the risk of delayed diagnosis and restored full vision to the girl’s eyes with rare ophthalmitis due to undiagnosed tuberculosis.
The treatment was performed during the peak of the pandemic and did not require any surgery, he added.
The doctor said that the girl’s eyes were red for about six days, but her parents thought it was a mild ocular flu.
However, her eyesight declined rapidly, causing panic in her family. In the first week of May, her eyes were red, swollen and painful, and her eyesight was low. She was sent to the emergency room of the hospital where she was diagnosed with a granulomatous picture. Panuveitis, an inflammation of the eye that affects 6% to 7% of children in India.
Granulomatous uveitis is inflammation of the uveal tract (iris), forming a granuloma, which can be caused by infectious or non-infectious causes.
“Uveitis in children is rare, accounting for only 5-10% of all uveitis. Granulomatous uveitis is rarer and usually has underlying causes such as tuberculosis, arthritis, or even cancer.
If only reduced vision in one eye, and very young children cannot realize this because they continue to see with the other eye, which can lead to blindness. ”
The girl’s parents did not take her to the hospital. The hospital initially thought that this condition could be conjunctivitis, which is a common mistake people make.
performed all the necessary tests on the girl, leading to the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB), the hospital said.
“For inflammation of the retina and optic nerve, we give oral steroids and antituberculous treatment according to protocol.
We also use topical steroids and cycloplegia (eye drops) to treat inflammation and pain of the eyes and prevent the formation of posterior adhesions that can lead to complications, and use anti-glaucoma drops to address increased intraocular pressure,” he said Vidya Nair Chaudhary, Senior Ophthalmology Consultant at Aakash Healthcare said.
He also said that tuberculosis only affects the lungs is a myth.
“It can also affect bones, eyes, intestines and other organs. In the eyes, rapidly progressing vision may be caused by life-threatening diseases such as uveitis. “This girl will be treated for tuberculosis until the disease is completely resolved.
Uveitis can also be seen in very young children, which is why pinkeye should be taken seriously, he said.
“For uveitis, timely treatment is very important. This girl gave our doctor a beautiful and energetic painting after her eyesight recovered. I couldn’t help feeling sad because I wondered if I would bring it to us in a few days. What might happen,” said Dr. Aashish Chaudhry, managing director of Aakash Healthcare.