BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-219907
  • Global health

Self-medication complicating pseudo membranous conjunctivitis

  1. Padmaja Kumari Rani
  1. Gullapalli Pratibha Rao International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Padmaja Kumari Rani, rpk111{at}
  • Accepted 23 July 2017
  • Published 2 August 2017


We aim to highlight the prevalence of using local medications for curing eye ailments in a rural population and the harmful consequence of resultant disease, ranging from something as mild as conjunctivitis to sight-threatening conditions. This case report will address one such incidence where in a local village, the doctor known as a registered medical practitioner) in the rural community, uses local remedies for his conjunctivitis and ends up in a condition where he cannot see anything beyond perceiving light. The membrane removal and treatment with topical antibiotic cured his infection, restoring complete recovery of vision. This incidence inspired the local village doctor to become an eye health educator. He was motivated to spread awareness about the ill effects of self-medication on eye health. He is also determined to bring all blind people and others who need eye care from his remote village to our centre.


  • Contributors PKR, PS and SB have contributed equally in establishing diagnosis, acquisition of pictures and management of disease and frequent follow-up of patient.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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