Do I see a Optometrist or Ophthamologist?
I'm supposed to be having annual exams because Plaquenil can cause damage to the eyes. I am also having problems with dry eyes and I believe I need glasses. My insurance is ending at the end of the month possibly and can get in a lot sooner with a Optometrist rather than an Ophthamologist? My doc says go to an Opthalmologist and Optometrists say as long as I have a full comprehensive exam with them, it is the same as a medical exam and Ophthalmologists do more surgery related issues? Anybody have suggestions?
Also, I have patches of yellow skin on my face, I believe from Plaquenil. It's not a rash, but spots of discoloration that are becoming more and more noticable. Has anybody else experienced it and is there anything that can be done about it other than covering it with concealer?
Lupus and Reynaud's Syndrome 2002; Fibromyalgia added 2006; Lupus diagnosis changed to Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease in 2007; Gastroparesis (stomach paralysis) 2007-2010; Lifelong struggle with depression; Anxiety with panic attacks since 2008.
Medications: Plaquenil, Fentanyl patch, Tylenol, Aleve, Methocarbamol, Klonopin, Wellbutrin, Microgestin, Kava, Vitamin D, Miralax, Multi