(BBC) – A woman has suffered chemical injuries after she was mistakenly prescribed erectile dysfunction cream for a dry eye condition.
The woman, from Glasgow, had to be treated at A&E after she was given Vitaros cream instead of the eye lubricant VitA-POS.
Her experience is detailed in December’s BMJ Case Reports journal.
The report calls for doctors to use block capitals in handwritten prescriptions to avoid errors.
The woman was given a handwritten prescription for VitA-POS, a liquid paraffin lubrication, for treatment of severe dry eyes and corneal erosions.
The mix-up happened between her GP and pharmacist, where she was issued with Vitaros, an erectile dysfunction cream.
After using it she suffered eye pain, blurred vision, redness, and a swollen eyelid.
The mild chemical injury to her eye was treated in hospital with topical antibiotics, steroids and lubricants, which cleared it up in a few days.