5-Inch Live Worm Pulled From Indian Man’s Eye

A doctor in Mumbai, India, has pulled a live 5-inch worm out of the eye of a patient who was complaining of persistent pain. Five inches! That’s huge. Can you imagine having such a creature inside your eyeball?

P.K. Krishnamurthy, a 75-year-old retiree, came to Dr. V. Seetharaman last week, complaining that he had been suffering for more than two weeks with redness and irritation in his eye.

When Seetharaman used a microscope to examine his patient at Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital, he was shocked by the highly unusual sight of a wriggling parasite. The eye expert decided he had to operate speedily to remove it before serious damage was caused.

From New York Daily News:

“It was wriggling there under the conjunctiva,” Dr Seetharaman said, referring to the thin membrane lining the eye. “It was the first time in my career of 30 years that I had seen such a case.”

The specialist removed the 13-centimetre worm by making a small opening in the conjunctiva – a 15-minute operation that was observed by the patient’s horrified wife, Saraswati.

“It just kept moving and jumping; it was scary for a bit,” she told the Mumbai Mirror.

The patient received aftercare treatment while the worm, which was alive for another 30 minutes after surgery, was sent to the hospital’s microbiologists to be identified.

Dr Seetharaman had previously only heard of worms of about two to three centimeters being removed, which makes me wonder how often this happens?

He suggested the creature could have entered the patient from a cut in his foot or from eating raw or improperly cooked food, before entering the bloodstream and traveling to the eye.

Krishnamurthy went through two weeks of pain before he visited his doctor, but if he had waited longer, the worm could have entered the brain and caused major neurological problems, according to Seetharaman.

From Herald Sun:

Dr. S. Narayani, the hospital’s medical director, agreed it was an extremely rare case. “We have a very active ophthalmology department and we have not come across a case like this in the last 10 years,” she said.

If you’re not too squeamish, you can click here to watch video of this eye procedure. Mr. Krishnamurthy is a lucky man to have found Dr. Seetharaman just in time.

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pam w.
pam w5 years ago

It's very interesting, really...but that poor man will never be the same!

There are many life forms which feed on others....ever heard of a BOT FLY? Friends in Belize were bitten by mosquitos which carried larvae from bot flies and implanted them into their human hosts. As time went on....the larvae grew under my friends' skin and would have BURST out, if they hadn't gotten to doctors to have them removed.

Moral? Use mosquito repellant when you go to Belize!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

VOMIT. nasty, disturbing and scary. yikes

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago


Fiona Dudley
Fiona Dudley5 years ago

Dear Shelly P., Please don't be afraid.
I'm sure they won't laugh at you if you go to a clinic or one way or another, get a simple eye exam.
Plenty of people have the symptoms you do.
If I walk from my dim house into bright sunlight, my eyes water a lot too. If I've got a headache, I see squiggly things too. And I am "positive" my eyes are fine (apart from being very nearsighted!) I hope you'll find a resource for a quick eye exam which will answer questions for you and help ease your mind.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson5 years ago

AURGH!!!..(my life sucks "big-time" right now, but..things are getting better because I spend everyday trying to make that happen!..damn politics and the Eco-Crash!)...but this article has really hit home for me..,..,months ago, while walking to and from work (outside, in real daylight!)..I have been having (%$#@!)problems with my eyes, such as focusing, severe watering (looks like I am crying..had to give up wearing any makeup..and I am a Woman)..as I am walking, I see little black "squirrelly things" in my vision...I have no health care and I know, if I do go to a clinic they will just laugh at me..4 months ago , I saw a documentuary, about these type of parasites...I am not dumb, just broke and scared..and damn, .. my eyes need help.....don't let this happen to you!

Carole R.
Carole R5 years ago


Christine Stewart
Christine S5 years ago

I am glad the doctor found the worm and pulled it out slowly- sometimes if a parasite is pulled out quickly, it gets ripped in half and can cause a severe allergic reaction in the patient!

Fiona Dudley
Fiona Dudley5 years ago

Continued -
3.) Once your pet has tapeworms, you'll know it if you're paying attention. You'll find bits of tapeworm wherever your pets sleep that look like small grains of rice. The treatment is easy - one shot from the vet. Prevention is even easier - they are transmitted to your pet whenever they chomp on an infected flea. Flea control is essential for protecting your family and pets.
4.) I don't know much about pinworms, hookworms or whipworms due to lack of experience. Apparently you can pick up some types of worms by walking barefoot on infected soil. Pets can pick them up the same way, and/or by licking their paws clean. My departed dog did get a case of hookworms once and the symptom was obvious - extreme diarrhea. But it required a vet and stool sample analysis to determine which kind of worm and the right treatment.
5.) Parasites can enter your pet if they ingest an infected critter.
6.) Shelter dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are "assumed" to have roundworms (properly called threadworms) and are de-wormed by your vet as a matter of common sense. You'll know if your pet has Roundworms because they are good-sized and will come out in poop or vomiting.
7.) Finally, I ask you please to let a veterinarian handle proper diagnosis and treatment for parasites - chronic infection can kill, and only a vet gets the job done right.

Fiona Dudley
Fiona Dudley5 years ago

@Bridget N. has a point about being able to pick up parasites from pets.
I think this article is a good starting point for learning about what kinds of parasites we "might" pick up, and how. It's one of those "I just don't want to know" issues but we do need to be aware of them.
A few tips:
1. If you're on well water and your family members start suffering from stomach and intestinal problems, the first thing you should do is get your water tested. It isn't terribly expensive, you can specify that you're looking for water-borne infections, and checking your water supply will save you a lot of headaches and money down the road if you don't eliminate (sorry!) this problem from the running.
2. Always cook meat and fish completely! And wash your hands and cutting boards and utensils frequently. Never cut up your veggies in the same place you cut up meat or fish (or without a thorough washing in between.) This should take care of food-borne parasites.
3. Dogs and cats and tapeworms on my!
Tapeworms have a complicated life cycle. Infecting fleas is one of their steps on the way to completing it. I looked into this extensively because one of my cats was prone to getting them. Cats and dogs can easily get tapeworms if they have fleas and bite/eat the fleas in the process. Cats are especially prone because of their careful grooming. Once your pet has tapeworms, you'll know it if you're paying attention. You'll find bits of tapeworm wherever your pets sleep that look like small g