Some medications may come with a variety of effects on your eyes. If you’re older, and you have been using medication at a high dose for a long period, your risk of experiencing side effects may be higher. While these are usually minor and temporary issues, you also have to be wary of any permanent damage they may cause.
These are mainly known for fighting allergies. However, they may also increase a patient’s risk for glaucoma. If your eyes have a “narrow angle”, taking antihistamine may trigger an acute attack of glaucoma.
Drugs like Thorazine and Mellaril can cause damage to your retina. It’s best to consult with an eye doctor to learn more about the risks of these medications. You should also be alert for any eye problems that you may start experiencing after taking these drugs.
These are used for a range of conditions, including asthma, allergies and arthritis, and they may come in cream or pill form. They can cause swelling in the back of the eye or retina, and they can potentially lead to cataracts.
Antimalarials like Plaquenil are used to treat malaria, arthritis and lupus. However, they may have toxic effects on the retina. If you have been taking such medications, look out for signs of eye health issues. It would also help to visit your eye specialist for an eye exam, especially if you have been using any type of long-term medication. This way, you can monitor your eye health and properly anticipate any problem.
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