Corneal bee sting

Johanes Arie Setiawan , I Gusti Ayu Made Juliari, Ni Ketut Niti Susila

Johanes Arie Setiawan
Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Denpasar. Email:

I Gusti Ayu Made Juliari
Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Denpasar

Ni Ketut Niti Susila
Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Denpasar
Online First: December 01, 2019 | Cite this Article
Setiawan, J., Juliari, I., Susila, N. 2019. Corneal bee sting. Bali Journal of Ophthalmology 3(1): 6-9. DOI:10.15562/bjo.v3i1.34

Introduction : Cases of bee stings on the cornea are rare cases. It can cause several reactions including penetrating reactions that appear on the sting device, toxin reactions and immune reactions. Therefore, management of the therapy should be well executed. Delay in management will be fatal for patients.

Purpose : To highlight rare case patient with corneal bee sting.

Case Presentation : A Male 48 years old with complaints of pain in the right eye after being exposed to bee stings come to the emergency unit. Initial visual acuity 1/60, with the remainder of the bee sting on the cornea which results in corneal edema, inflammation of the anterior chamber. Patients undergo surgery to remove the bee sting that is left in the cornea and get topical and systemic corticosteroid treatment, cyclopegic, topical antibiotics and analgesics. Visual acuity of patients with maximal correction becomes 6/24 with corneal leucoma.

Conclusion : Appropriate management of therapy can save the patient's vision, taking bee sting that left in the cornea is a challenge both in terms of therapeutic and patient's visual acuity prognosis. Management of therapy is sustainable both for the end result of patients with bee stings and can prevent dangerous complications.


Keywords : bee stings, corneal bee stings, uveitis anterior

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