As part of your eye exam, your optometrist should include your medical history, as well as your medication list. “Why?”, you ask. Well, last time we checked, your eyes are part of your body, and what affects your body will affect your eyes. And believe it or not, some medications will have adverse ocular effects. The birth control pill may cause dry eye, and therefore make wearing your contact lenses much more uncomfortable. Another example is Plaquenil. This guy can actually wreck some retinal tissue and damage your vision-so we need to check these people with more in-depth testing, and more frequently.
Now, a list is always a handy thing to bring. For one, the lab people who invent the names like to use every letter in the alphabet, and make up words that we can’t pronounce. Second, changing the type of med (even if it’s in the same family) can have different side-effects. Third, a visual description is not helpful. We are not pharmacists, and have no clue what your pills should look like. For instance, my daughter was on the medication Oxybutinin for a spastic bladder. It was a blue pill. I can think of another blue pill that would be totally inappropriate for a young girl to take (it starts with a v…).
So, bring your medication list to your eye exam. It will help us determine if they are contributing, or outright causing some of your ocular symptoms. Then we can better manage what is going on. Trust me, we love getting to the root of a problem.