A Chinese woman got the shock of her life when she learned that she had more than 20 lice living in her eye.
Identified only as Ms. Zhang, from Shandong in northeast China, the woman’s nightmare began when she started feeling itching and a seeping discharge in her left eye.
Zhang was at first unconcerned about her condition, because she thought she had an infection, according to The People’s Daily. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Zhang thought she had an eye infection, but doctors at a hospital in Shenzhen, China, diagnosed eye lice.
But when Zhang’s son saw things moving in her eyelid, she went to see a specialist, who discovered the insects.
Zhang had already been admitted at the Haida Hospital in Shandong province on July 20 for a cerebral infarction, which is a type of ischemic stroke.
When she started feeling discomfort in her left eye, she thought it was an infection related to her condition.
But by July 22, Zhang could take the itching no longer and asked her son to take a closer look at her eye. Once he did look, the boy exclaimed:
Mom! There’s stuff moving on your eyelid!
Zhang then sought a specialist to check her eye which by now had become extremely swollen and red.
Upon examination, eye specialist Dr. Bao Guisheng discovered 20 “little worms” under a layer of white discharge in Zhang’s eye. He said:
These lice were all white in color.
I thought they were some sort of a parasitic bug, like mites or something, but when we looked through a microscope, we saw that they were lice.
Zhang’s eye was sterilized and the lice were taken out one by one with a pair of tweezers by nurses. She is now recovering.
Eye lice are extremely rare, however this is not an isolated case.
2. An up-close view of eye lice.
Read more: The People’s Daily.
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