How lupus treatments can affect your child's vision

Lupus Foundation of America

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One of the most commonly prescribed medications for lupus is the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil®). Antimalarials can affect the retina, so a complete eye examination by an ophthalmologist should be done prior to the child starting this type of medication, and once or twice a year thereafter. Any problems with vision should be immediately brought to the ophthalmologist’s attention. Also, the dosage should be based upon the child’s ideal body weight for his or her height.

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