Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences

Document Type: Case Report(s)


Department of Ophthalmology, Sabzevar School of Medicine, Sabzevar, Iran.


A 65–yrs-old man referred for an ocular discomfort and red eye. The clinical diagnosis was leech in the left eye and its species confirmed as being Limnatis nilotica. Ocular leech infestation should be considered in patients with a history of swimming or washing their face in streams and lakes. Attention should also be given to ocular leech infestation in the differential diagnosis of ocular trauma with iris prolapse.