|Eye Floaters and HIV Medications
May 14, 2005
I read through some of the archive about this issue; somewhat relieved that I'm not the only person experiencing.
From what I read, this is a still-unknown-and-untreated category, since floaters are a common ailment. They are not, in my opinion, only caused by acute HIV infection (ie: CMV), but can be affected by the medications we take - take for example the lipodystrophy issues with D4T and Crixivan.
From my search over the net, I found a couple of doctors in America that claim to be able to remove these floaters via laser surgery - depending upon your situation. I am curious about it.
Clearly, this is a pervasive problem, and I wonder if any HIV researchers are looking into the matter and if there are perhaps other ways to help remedy the problem, other than something severe like a vitrectomy (only done in the most severe of cases).
The problem, for me, is depressing - because I see these things in my direct line of sight all the time, and it's hard to work as an artist with it, etc.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Floaters as you mention are very common and to my knowledge have not been linked to any particular HIV medication or regimen to an appreciable degree. I would be curious if you have any success in having your floaters safely and durably treated since what I usually hear from ophthalmolgists is that they generally recommennd no intervention at this time. Floaters are very annoying to a wide range of patients so effective treatment would have a large potential market. KH
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