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HCV and eye problems
Aug 9, 2004

If a 66-year old male, with early HCV, has been diagnosed by an ophthalmologist with 1. vitreous floaters 2. early cataracts 3. atrophic chorio-retinal scan - right eye 4. hypertensive retinopathy would these findings preclude treatment for HCV?

Response from Dr. Dieterich

No it would not. However I would see the eye doc frequently when being treated for the HCV. Interferon can cause some retinal damage but it is very rare and there is no predicting it. It is usually also reversible. However there are rare cases where it has not been. I would see the eye doc just before and then every 3 months during treatment and of course if you noticed any vision changes you should stop and see the doc. Good luck! DTD



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