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I have sle and am on plaquenil. my ocular oct showed minor focal photoreceptor layer atrophy. my eye doctor doesn't know why & is repeat tests in 5 months. what is that & what could cause? lupus? plaquneil? my dad has macular degeneration

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Plaquenil: Plaquenil causes retinal toxicity and this show up as disturbances of retinal pigment. Lupus effects the skin around the eye and causes dry eyes. The blood vessels to the eye can be effected or the nerves. Atrophy of retina is not noted for these conditions. Glaucoma? That would cause pressure and a possible atrophy. Double check with your eye specialist.

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