Different doctors say different things about
how long between eye checkups, I've seen suggestions from 6 months to 2 years, but never as short as 2 months. Most often they prescribe a base exam within 2 months of starting, then 1 yr exams after that. I use an eye clinic with 9 doctors that has been in business for over 40 years. In all that time they have never seen an issue from plaquenil ...and their client base average age is about
60, so they have a higher than usual number of clients using plaquenil.
You need to see an ophthalmologist
(eye specialist for medical and surgical problems) not an optometrist (prescribing correctional lenses), and tell them you want the screening for plaquenil toxicity. They will give you a visual acuity
For an easy self-check between exams, you can use this chart
. Scroll down after you go to this site until a graph shows up with a dot in the center. Look at the dot with one eye at a time, and if the lines change, then you might need to see the doctor. Instructions & more information is available on the page.
A plaquenil user for over 8 years, doing 12-18 month checkups,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 3/10/2010 9:17:11 AM (GMT-7)