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Mountain View Eye Specialists


Mountain View Eye Specialists
Fort Collins, Colorado

Phone: 970-224-9880
Office: 2111 Custer Drive, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
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Medications Can Have Side Effects That Affect Your Eyes

Many commonly used medications can have side effects that affect your eyes. In this edition of our trimester newsletter, I will list the top 10 most commonly prescribed systemic drugs, what they are usually prescribed for, and their potential ocular side effects.

Brand Name Generic Name Clinical Use Potential Systemic Side Effects Potential Ocular Side Effects
Lipitor Atorvastin High Cholesterol Muscle Pain
Flatulence and Diarrhea
Dry Eyes
Blurred Vision
Increased Eye
Pressure (may cause Glaucoma)
Premarin Conjugated Estrogen Menopause
Questionable Association With Breast Cancer Risk (studies at this point seem conflicting) Vision Changes and Contact Lens Discomfort Dry Eyes
Synthroid Levothyroxine Hypothyroidism (both Surgical and Natural Causes) Seizures
Skin Irritations or Rash
Hair Loss
Dry Eyes
Pseodotumor Cerebri (in children)
Vicodin Hydrocodon and Acetaminophen Pain Relief
Cough Suppressant
Light Headedness or Sedation
Nausea / Vomitting
Blurred Vision
Prilosec Omeprazole Heartburn
Stomach Ulcer
Diarrhea and/or Constipation
Abdominal Pain
Nausea and Vomiting
Visual Hallucinations
Norvasc Amlodipine High Blood Pressure Headache
Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
Blurred Vision
Double Vision
Eye Pain and/or Dry Eyes
Glucophage Metformin Diabetes Lactic Acid Build-Up
Nausea and Vomiting
None reported at this time
Proventil or Ventolin Albuterol Asthma
Rapid Heart Rate
Slight Chance of Visual Hallucinations (rare)
Claritin Loratatdine Seasonal Allergies
Non Specific Allergy
Sleep Disturbances
Dry Mouth
Eye Pain
Dry Eyes
Zoloft Sertraline Obsessive and/or Compulsive Disorder
Dry Mouth
GI Disturbances
Eye Pain
Focusing Problems

Many other commonly prescribed medications can cause a number of vision changes or potential health complications with your eyes. If you have any questions regarding the medications you are taking and how to watch out for, and treat, any potential ocular side effects, please give me a call.

Author: Dr. Matthew Skrdla

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