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Plaquenil Eye Exams

Protect Your Vision—Get a Plaquenil Screening

Why Is Plaquenil Screening Important?

Prescription medications serve a very important purpose—keeping us healthy so we can enjoy our lives. Unfortunately, there are also some downsides. For example, there are some drugs on the market that can have potentially harmful effects on your vision. One such drug is Plaquenil. Using this medication for a long time can cause damage to the retina, which may lead to vision loss. If you take Plaquenil, call Rock Hill Eye Center to schedule a screening.

What is Plaquenil?

Plaquenil is a medicine that is used primarily for preventing or treating malaria. However, it can also help treat inflammatory conditions, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjögren’s syndrome.

What Types of Eye Problems Can Plaquenil Cause?

Plaquenil eye problems can be rare but serious. One of the most concerning Plaquenil side effects is retinal damage. The prolonged use of Plaquenil can cause harm to the delicate tissues of the retina, causing loss of vision. Patients who suffer from retinal damage due to Plaquenil use are not able to detect their condition at first. Unfortunately, it may not be identified until there is a considerable amount of permanent vision loss. Therefore, it is necessary that you visit an ophthalmologist regularly for a Plaquenil eye exam if you are taking this medicine.

What Happens During a Plaquenil Eye Exam?

When you visit an ophthalmologist for a Plaquenil eye exam, your doctor will perform different tests to detect the presence or extent of retinal damage due to this medication. A Plaquenil screening may include a visual field test, OCT imaging, multifocal ERG, and photos of your eye. If there are any signs of damage to your retina, your ophthalmologist may ask you to consult with your primary care physician to see if you should continue taking the drug. This may help reduce the amount of permanent vision loss.
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Additional Eye Exams

Routine Eye Exams

Routine eye exams are an important part of staying healthy.

Refraction Eye Exams

An eye exam where your eye doctor places a series of corrective lenses in front of your eyes to measure your visual acuity.

Family Eye Exams

Children’s eyes grow and change quickly, and it is important to monitor your child’s eye health. Early screenings are helpful to identify your child’s eye care needs and how often they will need complete eye exams. Our ophthalmologists at the Rock Hill Eye Center are ready to help you address all your family’s eye care needs.

Senior Eye Exams

If you are older than 65 years old, you should have your eyes checked every year or two. Our ophthalmologists will check you for signs of age-related diseases, such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. If diagnosed with one of these eye conditions, the physicians at Rock Hill Eye Center will provide you with the expert care and treatment that you need to manage your disease state.

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