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Traditional ocular medicines are reported to be responsible for 8-10% of corneal blindness in Africa. The sequelae might not be reversible or very expensive to manage.
We present a 22-year-old unemployed female who was bilaterally blind following her visit to the traditional healer where traditional eye medication was applied to both eyes in a community in South Western part of Nigeria and was subsequently unable to open both lids for 5years. On examination, we found a depressed young girl with complete ankyloblepharon bilaterally. A restorative adhesiolysis with kerato-epitheliectomy was done. One week post operatively, the patient had an uncorrected visual acuity of hand movement in the right eye and 6/60 vision in the left eye.
A restorative adhesiolysis with kerato-epitheliectomy was done to separate the lids in both eyes after five years of despondency following traditional eye medications use. Irreversible blindness arising from complications of toxic eye medications must be prevented through eye campaign awareness programme by eye care providers.
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