J Cosmet Med 2020; 4(2): 89-91  https://doi.org/10.25056/JCM.2020.4.2.89
EMLA cream induced bilateral corneal de-epithelization
Hong Nien Lee, MD, MMedOphth, Fazliana Ismail, MBBS (UM), MMedOphth (UM), Visvaraja Subrayan, MBBS (UM), FRCS (UK), FRCOphth (UK), Fellowship (USA)
Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hong Nien Lee
E-mail: hongnien@ummc.edu.my
Received: June 30, 2020; Revised: October 27, 2020; Accepted: October 27, 2020; Published online: December 31, 2020.
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EMLA cream is widely used in dermatological procedures and is frequently applied prior to cosmetic procedures. Limited restriction of use among the personnel who handle the patients or customers. The exposure of EMLA cream to the cornea can have profound effects; it poses the risks of eye infections, reduced vision, discomfort, and pain. The aim of this study was to increase the awareness of the side effects of EMLA cream application near the eyes. EMLA, being an alkaline cream, causes corneal injury rapidly; hence, precautions should be taken during its use. EMLA cream is easily accessible and widely used in the cosmetic industry. Its use near the eye region requires extra caution. Patients experiencing difficulty in opening the eyes and discomfort after application of EMLA cream near the eyes should not be ignored. It is important to avoid EMLA cream entering into the eyes during its applications on the eyelids. De-epithelized cornea is more prone to infection, subsequently resulting in scarring and permanent reduction in vision.
Keywords: cornea injuries; EMLA; eye infections; reduced vision
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