|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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