BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6566 (Published 28 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6566
  1. Ghada M Al Khateeb, trainee,
  2. Susan Sarangapani, fellow ,
  3. Jane Olver, consultant
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, Western Eye Hospital, London NW1 5QH, UK
  1. ghadaalkhateeb{at}gmail.com

An 88 year old man with glaucoma presented with vertical mid-facial skin excoriation and bilateral cicatricial ectropion of the lower eyelids. He had been taking latanoprost, levobunolol, and topical ocular lubricants. We prescribed yellow soft paraffin (lanolin free) topically to his facial lesions and withheld all the eye drops, greatly improving his skin condition within one week. Contact dermatitis is an unusual complication of latanoprost and preservative drop allergy. Additionally, patients with ectropion have an increased risk of developing severe dermatitis, owing to the expulsion of drops onto the skin surface.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6566


  • Patient consent obtained.

View Abstract

Log in

Log in through your institution


* For online subscription