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HIV - Atriple - Eyesight
Apr 2, 2010

I have been diagnosed with HIV and have been on Atripla for the last 5 months. My numbers are now undetectable; however, my eyesight has gotten worse over the last few months. I have had glasses since I was 10 years old (I am now 34), bifocals for the last 5, my family has a long history of eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration). So, I am unsure whether my eyesight problem is related to hereditary traits, the HIV, the medication, or a combination of these things.

Response from Dr. Henry

Atripla rarely directly causes eye problems. Sometimes immune reconstitution can cause eye problems or return to health with weight gain can induce glucose intolerance (diabetes) so a standard and thorough eye exam (often by an ophthalmologist) is recommended to sort out those factors to determine the cause and thus be able to make appropriate recommendation. KH

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