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I have been on hydroxychloroquine sulfate 200mg. twice per day for the past twelve years for diagnosis of Sjogrens'. I had cataract surgery one year ago, both eyes. My vision has been much worse almost immediately after the surgery. I have had eye exams, every 6 months since beginning hydroxychloroquine in 2005. There was no changes in any of the eye exams, including field of vision tests. Now the eye surgeon is telling me that is caused by the hydroxychloroquine. It doesn't seem correct, seeing that I didn't have any problems until the cataract surgery. Can you give me any information. Can the hydroxychloroquine, suddenly cause this after all these years with no sign of damage; including an complete exam a month before the cataract surgeries were performed.

Doctor's Assistant: When was the last time you had your eyes checked? In general, how has your vision been lately?

Like said I had the cataract surgery 1 year ago, both eyes. I have had complete eye exams at two week intervals follow-up for a month or so then every six months. I had one three weeks ago with less vision in my left eye on the field of vision test, then I had another field of vision test yesterday and my left eye was worse. I have to wear glasses for near vision and distance vision. It is like the cataract surgery destroyed my near vision, which I realize that I would need glasses for reading, but not for distance vision.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I have worn glasses for distance since I was thirteen, but could read fine print and thread a needle with no glasses. I have Sjogrens, fibromyalgia, osteo arthritis, macro-vascular disease. I do not have diabetes or heart disease or kidney disease

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The questions I need to ask so I can give you a better response are can you see well with glasses distance and near? Does your vision come and go or is it constantly blurry?

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