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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant 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: Cornea

Smallpox - bilateral phthisis bulbi

smallpox - bilateral phthisis bulbi

During 1951 through 1968, countless recovered smallpox patients were seen at the Kurji Holy Family Hospital Eye Clinic. Active cases were seen at the local contagious disease hospital. This Sikh patient demonstrates the most common findings in those made blind by their smallpox experience, i.e. bilateral phthisis bulbi. As the patient was in the recovery phase both eyes developed - through secondary invaders - ulcus serpens/ hypopyon ulcer/ abscess of the cornea followed by perforation of the cornea which frequently was followed by phthisis bulbi.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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