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Episode 51: Systemic Medications and the Cornea

by David Kading, OD, FAAO, Mile Brujic, OD

Optometrists should be concerned about the effects that systemic medications have on their patients’ eyes. Drugs such as amiodarone can cause vortex keratopathy, a condition characterized by deposits in the inferior portion of the cornea. Patients with this condition often present with photophobia and may see halos around lights. It is important for physicians to be aware of these side effects when examining the corneal epithelium.