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June 1989

Sting Eze Keratitis

Author Affiliations

La Grande, Ore

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(6):791. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070010813008

To the Editor.  —Sting Eze (Wisconsin Pharmacal, Jackson, Wis) is an over-the-counter topical remedy for insect bites and stings. It contains diphenhydramine hydrochloride, camphor, phenol, benzocaine, and eucalyptol. We report the mistaken use of Sting Eze in two patients.

Report of Cases. 

—Case 1.  —A 40-year-old diabetic woman had redness of the eyes "from the flu." Her husband put a drop of Sting Eze in her left eye, thinking he was using a vasoconstrictor. The pain was immediate and prevented a drop from being put in the other eye. She rinsed her eye with water and presented for examination several hours later.Her visual acuity was counting fingers in the left eye. The conjunctiva was hyperemic. Photophobia was intense. The corneal epithelium stained diffusely, but the stroma and anterior chamber were clear. Treatment included patching, cyclopentolate hydrochloride, gentamicin sulfate, and acetaminophen with codeine. The next day the epithelial defect

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