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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: External Disease

Xerotic bulbar conjunctival base of a Bitot's spot

The xerotic bulbar conjunctival base of a Bitot's spot

This photograph shows the xerotic patch of bulbar conjunctiva to which the components of a Bitot's spot adhere. Those superficial component's (whipped-up meibomian secretions, conjunctival cellular debris, and bacteria of Corynebacterium xerosis) were removed with a Q-tip. This revealed the underlying xerotic base seen in the photograph. A new, typical foamy Bitot's spot will eventually form in the same area from which the original lesion was removed.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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