Woman pulled 14 live worms out of her own eye

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All in all, 14 worms were removed from Beckley's eye over the course of a month. It was the first time this particular parasite had ever been found in humans, writes Engelaupt.

Beckley was determined with Thelazia gulosa.

A tiny worm species till now only seen in cattle has been found inside the eye of a U.S. woman for the first time. They are spread between animals - and sometimes between animals and humans - by flies that feed on the substance that lubricates the eyes.

Beckley, from the city of Gold Beach, located on Oregon's coast along the Pacific Ocean about 40 miles north of the California border, said she is now determined to help any other potential sufferers to understand this baffling condition.

Beckley appeared to suffer no permanent damage because the worms were deposited into her eye externally.

'I pulled down the bottom of my eye and noticed that my skin looked weird there.

The woman went to a local doctor, who pulled two more worms from her eye.

"It's just really gross and very psychologically disturbing to see multiple small worms crawling across the surface of your eye", Bradbury said.

The worms were colorless and no longer than a half inch.

"Beckley is sharing her story so more people become aware that this can happen".

Eye worms, technically known as Thelazia, are found in a variety of animals - including cats, dogs, and wild carnivores like foxes. As they reproduce, the new larvae leave the host via tears, which the flies ingest, completing the circle and spreading the larvae, CNN reported.

Scientists reported the case of the first known instance of a human infection with Thelazia gulosa, a type of eye worm found throughout the northern USA and southern Canada. Well, they typically live in face flies, which hang around livestock, and a fly most likely landed on her face while she was in OR visiting her family and friends who have animals. She saw a few doctors while she was onshore in Alaska, but no one knew what to do.

The worms are transmitted through face flies which carry their larvae in the mouth. "I could see them moving across my eye at that point, too".

They took samples and sent them to the CDC for a proper investigation.

Beckley was diagnosed with Thelazia gulosa - a type of eye worm usually seen in cattle in the northern US and southern Canada, but never before in humans.

She says doctors were just as puzzled as she was.

"Previously, it was thought that there were only two different species of these (Thelazia) eye worms that infected humans worldwide", Bradbury said. In severe cases, worms can scar the cornea and even cause blindness.

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