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September 1976

Subretinal Tracks in Ophthalmomyiasis

Author Affiliations

From the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Fla. Dr Lewis is presently with the University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(9):1500-1505. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040334008

• Three cases of presumed infestation of the human globe by the maggot of a true fly (order of Diptera) are presented. In each case, migration of the maggot through the subretinal space produced widespread ophthalmoscopic and fluorescein angiographic changes that are believed to be pathognomonic of subretinal ophthalmomyiasis. Despite extensive changes in the retinal pigment epithelium, each of the three patients expressed few symptoms and manifested minimal visual deficit.