Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is a medication used to treat many rheumatologic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. Generally it is safe, but one of the side effects of Plaquenil is retinal toxicity. If retinal toxicity is not detected, and Plaquenil is continued, it can cause irreversible vision loss.
Annual screenings are typically recommended. At these screenings, we will perform a dilated fundus examination and perform other specialized testing to look for signs of Plaquenil toxicity.
Click here for more information.