Oxybuprocaine keratopathy: A preventable disease

E. P. Penna, K. F. Tabbara

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Topically applied anaesthetics may lead to a serious keratopathy. Three patients presented to us with disciform keratitis, peripheral corneal ring, and stromal infiltration following the topical use of oxybuprocaine. All three patients developed marked decrease in vision secondary to corneal scarring. In all three patients oxybuprocaine was dispensed over the counter by a pharmacist. Legislation for the restriction of over-the-counter sale of topical anaesthetics. steroids, and antibiotics is essential in the prevention of many of the self-induced ocular disorders seen in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-204
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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