I haven't had an eye test prior to starting these meds and there has been no mention of one in the future. After the first week I did get some side effects of sore eyes so I stopped taking it. I was diagnosed with RA two years ago and started on MTX. Plaquenil and pancreas Chloroquine phosphate toxic to bacteria I hope this doesn't mean I'm starting to have visions issues with the Plaquenil. I have to call my eye dr today. I also thought I saw a shadow out of the corner of my right eye and there wasn't anything there. Is there anything else that's mild-er like Plaquenil that you can take if you have to be taken off this stuff? Focus on Eyes Long-term Plaquenil intake can affect your vision. Taking high doses or long-term treatment of Plaquenil, an anti-malaria drug used to treat lupus, can lead to vision problems. Macular Society Eye screening for patients taking hydroxychloroquine At this appointment, a number of photographs and scans will be taken of your retina to assess your eye health and your suitability for screening. Not all patients can use the equipment needed for screening, such as people with advanced dementia or Parkinson’s disease. Oddly enough we've been discussing a similar situation to your question about hydroxychloroquine over the last couple of days. I think everyone is different and what works for one wont suit another. Good Luck Trish x Hiya Ppwogan & welcome though I'm sorry you've had need to join us here but I hope you find it a help being in contact with people who know just how it is. Eye things behind eye from tsking plaquenil Protecting your eyesight when taking Plaquenil Lupus., Focus on Eyes Long-term Plaquenil intake can affect your vision How does plaquenil affect eyesUndifferentiated connective tissue disease and plaquenilPlaquenil forum discussion Hydroxychloroquine and Eyes. Hi there, I am waiting for my rheumy to prescribe Plaquenil and went to the opticians for a check up first. He was really thorough and knew exactly why I'd been sent for an eye test. He said it harks back to the days when it was a much more potent drug and sight dimunition was a real possibility. Hydroxychloroquine and Eyes Hi all, I am new to this.. Eye screening for patients taking hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil. Eye Diseases Symptoms & Causes of 19 Common Eye Problems. Taking Plaquenil long-term or at high doses may cause irreversible damage to the retina of your eye. Stop taking Plaquenil and call your doctor at once if you have trouble focusing, if you see light streaks or flashes in your vision, or if you notice any swelling or color changes in your eyes. I was wondering if anyone has experience this while taking plaquenil. It started fri evening, pain in the upper back part of eye, with pressure and some dryness. I have a call into the dr. office and they are going to talk to the dr. and will call me back a little later this evening. thanks - Countrygal. I have been What can Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil do to my eyes? Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil was originally used to treat malaria and is now used mostly to treat rheumatological and dermatological diseases. Its most frequent use now is for Rheumatoid Arthritis RA and Lupus and is often very effective in mitigating the joint and arthritic symptoms.