Plaquenil Check

Plaquenil is a drug used to treat conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and certain inflammatory disorders. The use of this drug has been linked to retinal toxicity and its impact on vision can be devastating. Loss of vision can become permanent and may even progress years after the use of Plaquenil has stopped. At Doctor Birring Eyecare we conduct screening for patients on Plaquenil therapy.

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People at an elevated risk for Plaquenil toxicity must be examined on a yearly basis. Retinal toxicity has been noted in patients after 5 to 7 years of Plaquenil medication. The purpose of the exam is to detect early any macular damage before an irreversible loss of vision or even before the symptoms of retinal toxicity surfaces.

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