Yes, the reason I don't want to try the plaquenil is because I already have eye problems. I have scarring and a cyst in the right retina, so that eye is pretty much toast already. I have floaters and retina problems in the left eye too, but I still see well enough in that eye to work (I'm a writer, editor, and publication manager who is dependent on my eyesight) and to drive during the daytime.
From what I've read, these are exactly the kinds of eye problems that can be aggravated by plaquenil. I understand it's rare, but I'd be a perfect candidate for becoming one of those rare cases.
My next bajillion gallons of blood and some urine will be going into tests for kidney involvement. If there's trouble in that region, I'll think about risking my ability to work and drive.
My doc says the same thing others do, apparently: That it's rare and there's really not much to worry about. What I think is that he has a only a few specialized hammers in his tool box, which makes me look exactly like a nail. I think I'm a potential and future nail, but at this point in time: not a nail.
Often she hid at the sight of wild beasts,
forgetting what she was; and, though
herself a bear, shuddered at sight of other bears.
-- Ovid, Metamorphoses