Robert M. Scharfman, M.D.

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By Robert M. Scharfman, M.D., F.A.A.O.



When people visit their

Ophthalmologist or Eye M.D. they expect

to be asked about any medical conditions

they may have. But, did you ever wonder

why your Eye Doctor inquires about the

medications that you take? The reason is

that medications can sometimes affect the


Some antibiotics can cause red, itchy,

and dry eyes while others can cause

blurred vision and light sensitivity.

Antidepressants like Prozac can cause

blurred vision, inability to focus, dilated

pupils, double vision, and dry eyes.

Antihistamines relieve allergy symptoms by

“drying you out,” but unfortunately they

may also cause dryness in the eyes. Many

people take blood pressure medications.

Diuretics can cause dry eyes; however

other types of blood pressure regulators

can cause dilated pupils, blurry vision, and

light sensitivity. While some side effects are

a temporary annoyance, others may have

more serious consequences. For example,

steroids such as Prednisone increase the

risk of cataracts and glaucoma. Those who

take Plaquenil for arthritis must have an

eye exam every six months to check for

retinal damage. As you can see it is

imperative to discuss all medications you

take with your Eye M.D.

Is an Ophthalmologist part of your

healthcare team? At Atlantic Medical Eye

Care we stress preventative eye health care

and periodic checkups. Your eyesight is

precious. Let us help you protect your

vision. We’re located at 3 Hospital Plaza,

Suite 310, in Old Bridge and we can be

reached at (732) 607 – 0555. For more

information, log onto our website at

Medications That

Affect The Eyes

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