How might commonly-used medications affect the eye?

Before going into this, I think it is important to state that if you are having an ocular side effect to a medication, do not stop the medication unless advised by your physician. Also, the information discussed here is just general trends but each patient and their systemic history plays a role in how a person reacts to a certain medication. Therefore, just because this is listed as a potential ocular side effect, it does not mean it will happen to you. You and your physician must weigh the benefits and risks associated with each medication.

Dry Eye:

  • Anti-histamines such as Benedryl or Claritin
  • Anti-depressants
  • Accutane
  • ADHD medications such as Ritalin
  • Birth control and hormone replacement therapies

Dilation of the pupils:

  • Scopolamine anti-motion sickness patches
  • Anti-depressants
  • Valium
  • antihistamines
  • Hydrodiuril, a blood pressure medication

Miscellaneous:

  • Steroids: early cataracts
  • Viagra: hemorrhages on the white part of the eye, redness of the eye, some association with optic nerve changes
  • Tamiflu: conjunctivitis
  • Birth controls: swollen optic nerves

If you enjoyed this artice on commonly-used medications, be sure to check our our article on The Eye and Sinus Infections.

A Little Bit About…

A Little Bit About…

Ashley Iketani-Castillo, OD, MS

Dr. Iketani is a Florida native who has a passion for managing ocular disease. She views each patient as a whole person and believes the eyes are a window to a patient’s systemic health. She also has a passion for fitting rigid lenses on patients with corneal disease to help them obtain their best vision.

Dr. Iketani graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she completed internships at the Hefner Veteren’s Affairs hospital in Charlotte, NC and The Metrolina Association for the Blind which focused on Low Vision rehabilitation. Prior to pursuing optometry, she obtained a Masters of Science which focused on developmental genetics and worked as a technician in a lab that researched breast cancer.

Dr. Iketani currently resides in Cincinnati where her husband is starting his pediatrician fellowship,with their two cats and baby boy.

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