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May 30, 2018 10:28AM
I just found this on another thread regarding dry eyes, floaters, and other issues with AIs. I've been having a terrible time with my eyes lately and it indeed may be the straw that breaks the camels back. I have a pre-existing retina condition called macular puckering in one eye. The other eye has been compensating for it...until I started taking the AIs.
Here's the excerpt:
A study by Dr. Eisner and colleagues suggests that anastrozole can cause small retinal hemorrhages in some patients.4 He said that his research indicates that breast cancer patients who take anastrozole are more likely to have retinal hemorrhages than tamoxifen users. These hemorrhages may be the result of excessive traction on the retina, caused by estrogen depletion.5 Related effects, such as posterior vitreous detachments, may occur during the natural menopausal transition, he said. Dr. Eisner noted that it's possible to assess the tractional effects of AIs through the use of OCT. Other possible effects of AIs include photopsia and increased incidence of floaters, as well as dry eye.
Dr. Eisner pointed to the need for more studies of the effects of AIs, particularly longitudinal studies to better document and help clarify their ocular effects.
"As many as 40 percent of women completely abandon their use of AIs before the prescribed time because they can't tolerate the side effects. Although the ocular side effects may be less important or less compelling than well-known side effects such as arthralgia or hot flashes, they nevertheless may provide the straw that breaks the camel's back for breast cancer patients on these drugs," said Dr. Eisner.
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