Plaquenil and our Eyes

Plaquenil is a medication used to treat various auto-immune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Did you know extended use of the medication can affect the eyes?  Plaquenil use can lead to changes in our macula. Our macula provides us with clear central vision. Plaquenil can damage the macula over time. This damage can impair our ability to read and see clearly.  Fortunately, screening tests and dilated eye exam can help detect subtle changes in the macula before patients notice any changes in vision. If subtle changes are detected, patients can alter treatment and potentially discontinue plaquenil.  Regular screenings can prevent vision loss.

If you or a loved one takes Plaquenil and hasn’t had their eyes examined, call 419-521-3937 today to get started!

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