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Plaquenil Retinal Examination
If you have been experiencing symptoms from rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, you may have received plaquenil. Unfortunately, this drug has been associated with retinal toxicity and maculopathy, which can severely damage your vision. If this is the case, we may be able to help. Here at the office of Dr. David Frazee, we offer evaluations for patients to determine whether or not they might be suffering from side effects of plaquenil, and advise a course of action.
The pharmaceutical plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is primarily a drug to treat and prevent malaria, but also has other applications. Among these are treating the symptoms of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. If you suffer from of these diseases, you know how difficult they can make life, but no doubt you also want to avoid further difficulties.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage and cause pain in joints, skin or organs, because your own immune system is working against your bodily tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is also a chronic inflammatory disease, but affects the joints, especially in the hands and feet. Unfortunately, while plaquenil can really help with both of these devastating conditions, it can also cause retinal toxicity and maculopathy, which are both quite detrimental to vision.
If you think plaquenil may have damaged your vision, it’s important to see an optometrist about your concerns right away. Our Richardson optometrist can evaluate you to see if you are manifesting symptoms of retinal toxicity, in which normal functioning of the retina is interfered with, leading to a degradation of vision over time. It may eventually lead to maculopathy, which is irreversible, and in which the center of the retina – the macula, responsible for accurate eyesight – is damaged beyond repair. That’s why it’s so important to see an eye expert in Richardson for a plaquenil evaluation before it’s too late.
Dr. David Frazee, an optometrist in Richardson, was born and raised in Texas. He received bachelor’s degrees in biology and physiological optics, a master’s degree in biology and a Doctor of Optometry degree. He opened his own practice in 1982, and has been serving patients with top-notch, expert eye care ever since. In 2000, he became a board certified glaucoma specialist. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and President Elect of the Dallas County Optometric Society.
If you’re ready to see an optometrist in Richardson, you can find us at:
1410 North Plano Road #100
Richardson, TX 75081
Call 972-669-4141 to request an appointment, or email us through our website to set up an evaluation for plaquenil or any other eye troubles you may be experiencing. If you would like to find out more, you can always call our office and ask questions. We would love to help you in any way we can.