Ocular Manifestations of Leprosy



“In patients with leprosy (Hansen disease), the eyes frequently are affected with lagophthalmos, loss of eyebrows, corneal exposure, keratitis, uveitis, scleritis, leproma of the conjunctiva and sclera, retinal pearls, and loss of sensation with corneal ulceration with scarring.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5] At the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Hospital in San Francisco, the incidence of leprotic uveal infections in patients with Hansen disease is 6-7%.


Ocular therapy depends on the manifestations and may involve medical or surgical measures.”



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