Bothersome Eye Parasites, Believe It Or Not
I made a recent post Doctors ARE Seeing Parasites!, and coincidentally, I came across another report about a doctor finding a worm in a man’s eye. Actually, I don’t think it is a coincidence that I came upon both of these stories, because there is the reality that people are infected by parasites. The guy in this article is so very lucky!
Source: Digital Journal
Sep 21, 2010
Worm behind man’s eye for nine months has finally been removed
John Matthews from Bellevue, Iowa discovered the worm last December living in his eye after becoming concerned when he noticed two spots obscuring vision in his left eye.
After tests at the ophthalmology department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, doctors discovered the invasive creature and quickly rushed Matthews into a treatment room where they shot two rounds of lasers into his eye before the worm was killed.
“I could see it from behind, moving, trying to dodge the laser,” he told the Telegraph Herald.
Matthews’ body will absorb the worm remains, but he will unfortunately suffer permanent damage to his retina.
Matthews believes he either picked up the parasite on vacation in Mexico or from a raccoon roundworm he caught while turkey hunting.
As a big fan of Animal Planet, Matthews called the cable station and a camera crew came to Iowa to film a story about Matthews for the show Shape Shifters.
I know that Jane (one of the bloggers) has reported seeing objects in her eyes. I can identify with her in what she has seen. Several years ago, I reported to doctors seeing worms in my eyes, but it was dismissed as nonsense. Unfortunately, I had to live with the problem because of non-belief for not finding a worm. One eye doctor angered me so much, and I wondered how could he possibly have doubts after all the fine details that were given? At the end of our conversation he did apologize for initially doubting me.
The only difference between Jane, the above story, and me is that when the worms went into my eyes (one in each), I could feel the results. My experience was horrible – I had the worst needle-like explosive pains that I had ever felt behind my eyes. I remember crying in a darkened room for hours holding my head, and not knowing what to do or wanting to move. Have you ever been in so much pain that you don’t want to make a single move? Imagine that kind of pain in your eyes and head. Time had passed before I remembered that I had some anti-inflammatory herbs on hand; within a short period of time the pain subsided. Unbeknownst to me, the next day my other eye was hit by a parasite with the same experience. Luckily, the previous day experience allowed me to take the herbs and this gave me relief. Afterward for a period of time I had light sensitivity, headaches, continual redness, excessive tearing, mucous, temporary blindness in one eye, and some blurred vision on occasions.
From experience, I can easily distinguish what a full worm looks like within the eyes from “floaters". I have to say that it was very unnerving when I’ve viewed both worms knowing they were alive and well, popping out eggs from their bodies. These worms are fully intact with large bodies curled around itself. The two worms are shaped differently and they have been in different positions. I can say for certain that they aren’t floaters. I have experienced movement that can be felt inside and around the eyeball; the poking sensation is strange and difficult to describe. A creepy sensation is to have something unexpectantly poke through the inner corner of the eye [the pink tissue], quickly wiggle around, and disappear because I blinked or tried to grab it. Another odd sensation is to feel something slither around the eyeball and socket which suggests to me that not only is there a worm on the inside, but on the outside of the eyeball too. As I mentioned before pain, irritation, and vision problems can be a major problem. Any parasite can enter the eyes, but the favorites are Tapeworms, Toxocaris, and larvae from Ascaris. I have a very good friend who spent two years to find the right doctor to treat her son’s eyes. By the time she found someone who was qualified, it was too late and he wound up losing one eye from a parasite infection.
The doctors that I had consulted with explained to me that if I had a worm, it would be very difficult to find because of the color being transparent or white. Additionally, if the worms were within the vitreous area, I could see it, but they might not because it is behind the eye lens in a very difficult place to detect a worm. It was also explained to me that an ophthalmologist or optometrist would not be qualified to find a worm, due to a lack of experience or surgical equipment in their office that was needed. Considering that the three eye doctors that I saw couldn’t find anything, I was out of luck and forced to live with the problem.
An ophthalmologist that I saw gave me the following advice that I’ll share with you. If you’re going to consult with an eye specialist, and live in the United States, you will need to find an experienced retinal specialist, or an experienced teaching hospital might be able to help. Make sure that you find someone who has specifically seen and dealt with eye parasites. There are two procedures to detect parasites in the eyes. One is extremely invasive and dangerous with draining the fluid out of the eyeball. The newest technological procedure involves a blue light laser along with anthelmintics to view and treat the problem. There is, of course, a Catch-22 scenario that you’ll encounter before you can get treated. Most specialists will not see you unless you’ve been referred. The majority of doctors won’t believe you have parasites to begin with; therefore, this will be a problem for appropriate treatment.
Not only do worms invade the eyes, but so does fungus which is also a parasite. I have a neighbor who went to her eye doctor and they found a fungus ball. I do know for a fact that in her place there is a terrible mold problem that has been hard to eradicate. No treatment has been given to her and her eye doctor is “monitoring” the situation.
Lastly, there is another parasite that can cause serious problems where some people have had to have cornea replacement. This parasite is an amoeba; hence, the name Acanthamoeba. The main infection route is water related that can come from tap water or stagnant swimming lakes and pools of natural water. Most interestingly, this organism has a tail to swim around.
More like a siege. Acanthamoeba has an almost invincible defence mechanism. As soon as it detects a threat, it puts up a chemical barrier, like a concrete wall, and goes into hibernation. In this state, it can survive for months on very little food, hoping for the coast to clear, when it will pop out its tail again and continue on its sinister way.
Source: Daily Mail
In reading this article, the treatment appears to be horrendous and painful. There is scraping of the eyeball and very harsh eye drops up to 12 months are used as a treatment plan. It seems as though contact lens wearers are more susceptible to this infection than non-contact wearers; however, contact with a bad body of water will have dire consequences for anyone.
I'm also of the opinion of what I see in my eyes are NOT floaters. Are floaters all exactly the same size and shape? I doubt it. And floaters are harmless as far as I'm aware. Yet I've had terrible eye symptoms with what I see in my eyes.
I see two different kinds of organisms. I've posted drawings of what I see at my blog. http://www.rhrplus.com/b2evolution/blogs/index.php?blog=5&title=this-is-what-i-see-in-my-eyes&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#more404
I see many that are long but the other type that I see, they are much more different in shape than the other ones I see. But these ones are all exactly the same shape and size and are definitely more worm-like looking. They are the weirdest things ever. There's a kind of loop effect and there's a pointy thing sticking out the front (every single one I see has this). They appear to be all the same size, form and shape. They don't appear flat, but rounded in body. I also see what appears to be like a long tail. When I move my eyes around and from side to side, these things do change direction. But I don't appear to see them move or wriggle about on their own. But I'm definitely of the opinion they are some type of worm.
When I first fell ill, I had really sore eyes, and redness, and at times my eyes would be weepy and mucousy. I suffered terrible blurry vision.
I'm happy to say I definitely don't see as many now.
I'm interested after your appt if they found something that can be treated. Keep me posted and thanks for your comment.
I found this very interesting. This super article gives me a better understanding of this.
Thank you for such a special piece of information.
I know how unnerving that feeling can be. You'll need to try and have an ophthalmologist diagnose the problem. If you can figure out how this occurred, it will help the doctor to justify your symptoms and a motivation for a more in-depth look.
I had a good friend who had to take her adopted son to many doctors for 2 years before a conclusive diagnosis was done.
What I have learned from this experience is that if I had been given the proper dosage in the first place, I may not have encountered a very painful problem. It is wise to do your own research before seeing a doctor and wished that I had done so beforehand because at the time I had 'blind faith' that medicine would work.
Thanks for the info. My eye glass provider warned me not to wear contacts while swimming in these lakes because of this parasite living in the pristine lakes of minnesota, burrowing under the lens so I didn't. I didn't know it didn't need contacts to infect the eye.
Thanks for the info.
I have been using coconut oil but that just seems to stun them. I so want to find something that kills them.
I can relate to your frustrations. Indeed, there is a problem with doctors and I'd prefer it if they simply said, 'I don't know'. I'm more willing to work with someone who is honest or willing to be with a doctor who might be interested in finding an answer.
Thank you for contacting me. What you have described is a complicated situation with your child.
I believe part of your issue is that the medication may have not killed the parasite in the first place given your description that it 'came back'; as a result the problem persists, unfortunately. In order for medication to reach the eyes, it has to cross the blood-brain barrier. I'm not a doctor, but I'm guessing that this could be the case. You have given the medication but it didn't work with Mebendazole and Albendazole on separate occasions. As far as I understand it, Mebendazole doesn't work on a systemic level and would not reach into the eyes which would explain it's ineffectiveness. Albendazole, could have worked... but, again, I'm not a physician. How you acquired medications and administering it hasn't been determined. Perhaps, a therapy of a combination of drugs would work? Below is a post that I did on the subject with links for you to read on those studies. Maybe it would make sense for you to bring in copies of those studies for your doctor to read?
Considering your child's age, it would be in your best interests to continue to look for a doctor. Unless someone has diagnosed your child with the specific Ascaris worm, mentioning this on your own to a physician would certainly discredit you. Just describe symptoms and if you've seen a long stringy thing in the eyes, then say that truth and let the doctor decide on the diagnosis. Many years ago, a friend of mine ran into a similar situation with going to doctor after doctor for her child. She never gave up and found someone to help her. Perhaps, if you look for an Indian or Chinese MD physician maybe helpful because they have experience with parasite infections and know what it will take to treat it properly with medications. A Tropical Medicine doctor would have knowledge in this area too.
I realize that this is very distressing and concerning for you. I wish that I could offer better advice or a solution. Please write me later and let me know if you have found help for your child.
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