In Vivo Confocal Microscopic Findings in the Corneas of Patients with Topical Anesthetic Abuse Keratopathy


KOCABEYOĞLU S. , ÇEVİK Y. , MOCAN M. C. , Irkec M.

TURK OFTALMOLOJI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, vol.45, no.1, pp.37-39, 2015 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/tjo.82473
  • Title of Journal : TURK OFTALMOLOJI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.37-39

Abstract

Prolonged use of topical anesthetic agents results in a toxic keratopathy with damage and inflammatory response in all corneal layers. The similarity of the clinical picture with infectious keratitis often leads to a delay in diagnosis and treatment. Consideration of topical anesthetic abuse in the differential diagnosis is crucial to prevent serious complications. In this paper, we report the in vivo confocal microscopic findings of two patients with toxic keratopathy secondary to topical anesthetic abuse.