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.