Failed color chart on Plaquenil Eye Exam?

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lucysgd
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   Posted 3/1/2012 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken Plaquenil for just over 3 yrs, and just had my regular eye exam.  I passed the field test and physical exam with no apparent problems.  However, I missed two numbers on the color chart test - which is a first.  The doctor wants me back in 2 wks to repeat the color chart test.  This seems a little over-reactive to me, but of course I'll comply.  I did some research and it seems the color chart test isn't even used as a regular indicator?   So I'm confused.  I will be very upset if told to discontinue the Plaquenil - as I believe it's been keeping things in check. 
 
Anyone else familiar with that test, or been told to discontinue Plaquenil because of it?  I know I'm jumping the gun - hopefully I'll sail through the color chart exam in 2 wks - but just the thought of no Plaquenil is making me very nervous. 
 
Thanks - Lucy 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lynnwood
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   Posted 3/1/2012 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I missed one, maybe two at a couple of my annual exams.

My Dr said that really isn't a big concern and that some of that is due to normal effects of aging. It sounded like he gave the color charts about 10% of importance and saved the other 90% of concern for the visual field test.

I didn't have any problems with the visual field test, so made no changes to my Plaquenil, which I've now been taking almost 10 years.

Try not to worry too much about it, I bet if you concentrate and don't panic the color numbers will look easier next time. If he does want to change your Plaquenil, I'd consult with my Rheumy and if the Drs disagreed I'd either get second opinions or just go with what my Rheumy has to say.

Don't stress yourself too much over something that might not even be an issue!
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heathermnrd
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   Posted 3/1/2012 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
ive taken that test before but never for a plaq test.  ive always failed it, even as a kid...

lucysgd
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   Posted 3/2/2012 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Lynn - good advice, as usual.  I wondered about the normal aging thing.  Lord knows there's some of that going on..... yeah
 
And thanks Heathermnrd - I really appreciate the reassurance.

Lucy 

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   Posted 3/2/2012 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Our school nurse has one of those test booklets for testing the kids. I looked at one years ago before plaquenil and could barely make out two of them. One was using brown dots and the other was using tan dots. Where they the ones you looked at?
Joy

lucysgd
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   Posted 3/3/2012 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds similar, Joy - though there are more colors incorporated into the dots than just brown and tan.
 

annemarie1
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   Posted 3/7/2012 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I am also having problems with increasing eye pressure, I have been on Plaquenil for about 2 years. I have Lupus.

I am very worried, I don't need Glaucoma... I saw my Opthomalogist yesterday, he advised me to call my Rheumathologist.

After going to this site I was convinced that the Plaquenil has something to do with this:

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-6986-Plaquenil+Oral.aspx?drugid=6986&drugname=Plaquenil+Oral&pagenumber=6

Thanks for reading...
Anita

couchtater
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   Posted 3/7/2012 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have open angle glaucoma. I've had it for almost ten years-long before I started plaquenil or told I had Lupus. The medication for it is not that bad. I take a drop in my eye every night before bedtime. It doesn't burn or itch. The check ups are the same for plaquenil testing- pressure checking and field vision testing.
Joy

lucysgd
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   Posted 3/18/2012 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my re-check with the eye doctor, and got a 100% on the color plates test.  So - no worries with the Plaquenil.  Apparently one of the reasons he wanted me to repeat it right away was because my eye pressure was also up - close to the cut-off for normal, which was also not the usual for me.   It was back down as well.  Just didn't want to cast any aspersions on the Plaquenil use - so glad I can continue with it!
 
Lucy
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