Hydroxychloroquine toxicity in eyes

Hydroxychloroquine toxicity in eyes

Hydroxychloroquine is an inexpensive and well-tolerated anti-inflammatory agent used in the treatment for artheritis. However, the risk for ocular toxicity rises sharply with long term doses, especially with doses over 1000 g. In addition, because the drug is not retained in fatty tissues, individuals who are obese or have short stature are at risk for overdosage.

Optos , visual field screening and OCT are useful screening tools in detecting early eye damage from Hydroxychloroquine. Please see this informative link from the journal of retina and vitreous complications and scroll down to ‘Drug toxicity’.

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