Being ill calls for concern and the main priority to anyone is to get healed and get rid of the problem as soon as possible. Whether prescribed or diagnosed and given behind the counter, any drug or medication used in treatment of a systemic illness has the potential to affect the eyes. It could be mildly so or even pose as a toxic sight threatening source. Below are a few out of many drug classifications which are commonly used to treat illnesses and have ocular effects.

BRUFEN/IBRUFEN

Commonly used for pain. Has the potential to cause reduced vision and optic neuritis.

ASPIRIN

Commonly used for fever, inflammation and pain. Has the potential to cause conjunctivitis.

ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES

Commonly used in family planning. Have the potential to cause contact lens intolerance due to their effect on tear composition and swelling of the cornea.

CORTICOSTEROIDS

Commonly used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Have the potential to cause cataracts and increased ocular pressure.

ANTIBIOTICS

Commonly used in the treatment of infections. Have the potential to cause dry-eye.

ANTI-TB DRUGS

Commonly used in the treatment of tuberculosis. Rifadin has the potential to cause conjunctivitis and staining of soft/silicon contact lenses.

During the consultation period the healthcare practitioner will need to gather as much information as they can about your health history, family medical history and your activities/ lifestyle etc. It will therefore be advantageous to let them know of any medications you might taking at the time. This will help them explain how your eyes will be affected directly or indirectly so.