Good news. My eyes are still good. After ten years on plaquenil, it isn’t causing any eye problems. Retinal toxicity is a serious potential plaquenil side effect, but it is very rare. Regular checks are required, because if caught early, it’s almost always reversible on cessation of the medication.
My cataracts are still there, slowly growing away. These are a side effect of prednisone, but they’re not causing a major problem. Considering the many years I’ve been on prednisone, and the relatively high doses, I am very lucky.
There are no problems with my optic nerve, nor any explanation for my blurred vision. Again, the suggestion was put that with no physical cause found in the eye, it must be neurological, or possibly a side effect of dry eye syndrome or Sjogren’s. But it comes and goes, and it goes more often than it comes, so again, I can live with it.
My eye pressures are on the high side, but they are always on the high side, so my ophthalmologist believes my ‘normal’ eye pressure is just on the high side. Prednisone increases intraocular pressure as well, which can lead to glaucoma, but she is not concerned with my current levels.
So all good! So good, in fact, that I don’t have to go back for another 12 months, instead of six. Most awesome. Another huge box ticked for this week.