Missing contact lens ends with patient losing an eye

Medicolegal case report: A young woman sues after her GP incorrectly prescribes steroid eye drops

Medicolegal expert Dr Craig Lilienthal reviews a case in which a young woman with a missing contact lens and an IgG deficiency is prescribed steroid eye drops, ending with the loss of her eye. She sues her GP and ophthalmologist.


A young woman presents to her GP with an inflamed eye. She has a history of IgG4 deficiency and is uncertain if her contact lens is still in place.

The GP prescribes chloramphenicol eye drops and suggests a review in two days.

When the patient returns, the