Inappropriate use of topical chloramphenicol results in vision loss

Nikki Mcderby, Stephanie L. Watson, Dana Robaei, Mark Naunton

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Microbial keratitis is an ophthalmic emergency. We present two cases of microbial keratitis in which inappropriate chloramphenicol use delayed diagnosis and hence prompt management. For one patient, the result was loss of the eye, and for the other, a child, lifelong reduced vision from corneal scarring. The first case was a 69‐year‐old woman who presented with a three‐week history of a red, watery right eye and gradually reducing vision. She had been self‐treating with chloramphenicol drops and ointment, obtained from her pharmacist without medical consultation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-193
Number of pages2
JournalClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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