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Awareness of Medications that have Ocular Side Effects

Posted by Amanda Dexter on May 18, 2018 at 3:20 PM
Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.


Optometrists play an important role in the co-management of patients who are taking systemic medications prescribed by their other physicians. We all know that many medications can have ocular side effects that vary from mild dry eye to serious retinal toxicity. 

It is important to be aware of medications that have ocular side effects so that you can keep an eye out for potential complications. And if issues arise, you should be prepared to aid in the management of these patients with their primary care and other specialty doctors. 

This article summarizes the top 10 most commonly prescribed systemic medications with serious side effects. This will help you be able to confidently discuss these issues with your patients and the prescribing doctors. 

Top 10

Topics: Medications

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