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Drugs are medication usually prescribed by doctors to treat certain ailments. Modern medical science has developed different life-saving medicines that have worked and are still working for patients. However, the prolonged use of these medications can cause negative side effects on your eyes and vision. So, you should endeavour to communicate with your doctor if you experience any side effects while using prescribed drugs, especially if you already have any existing eye conditions.

Do not take these drugs except they are recommended by your doctor to avoid conditions such as dry eyes, red eyes, vision distortion/night blindness, glaucoma, and sensitivity of the eyes to very bright light.

Some drugs and their effects


This drug sometimes results in mild eye redness, itchy eye, or dry eyes. It can also contribute to allergic conjunctivitis.


It has some serious side effects on the eye because of the steroids content. Steroids increase the risk of having macular degeneration, glaucoma, optic nerve damage, and cataracts.

Naproxen and Ibuprofen.

Prolonged use of this medication can cause several visual-related side effects such as dry eyes, cataracts, eye haemorrhages, glaucoma, and optic nerve damage e.t.c.


This is an anti-depressant, and it changes how the nerve cells of the brain process information. Since the eyes (retinas) are connected to the brain, changes in the functioning of the brain will result in cases of double vision, dilated pupils, blurry vision, dry eye syndrome, eye pain, and drooping eyelids.

Caring for your eyesight should be a priority even as you make use of prescribed medication. Be observant of the above-listed symptoms and inform your medical doctor and optometrist immediately you notice any. This will enable them to administer the necessary treatment to you that will keep your eyesight in good shape.