Eye problems

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Hi, I've got R.A. And on Benepali injections. I went to the Optician this week for an eye check. I was immediately referred to the Hospital for the eye clinic. After a scan, I was told I had Macular Degeneration. It's early stages and at the moment dosnt need treatment. I have to monitor my eyes and to immediately see a Dr if I notice any changes.

I know I'm in my sixties, but wondered if anyone else has had an onset since being on biological injections, or know if R.A. Can cause eye problems. I know it can be an age thing also.

Thanks for listening. 😊

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    Are you on any other meds other than Benepali?

    I was warned by my doctor that being on hydroxychloroquine for over 18 months can lead to eye problems.

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      Hi Smiley, I was on Methotrexate for 8 months also tried Hydroxychlora, but had to stop after bad side effects. Also Sulphazalazine with the same effect. Been on Benepali for over 6 months. I also other general medication for Thyroid & blood pressure. I've only been on RA meds for about 18 months. Eyes only happened in the last year. Thanks.

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    if you ask the answer in google it tells you RA can affect the eyes and how ,if thats any help
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    My father (who did not have RA) had macular degeneration. So my opthomologist put me on Occuvites (a Baush and Lombe vitamin product for eyes) as a precaution to help head off the disease. 

    But, being on plaquenil, I have to go to him twice a year to watch for side effects, but so far so good. 

    Aging is great, eh?

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