Antibiotics Linked to Permanent Eye Injury in Recent JAMA Article By Tod Aronovitz | 06/24/15 | 0 Comment

Some of the most frequently-prescribed antibiotics in the United States may be causing permanent eye injury, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The manufacturers of quinolones, a class of pharmaceuticals used to treat bacterial infections, have been hit with allegations that the popular medications can lead to severe and lasting side effects that include nerve damage and blindness.

In the study, which was published in the January issue of JAMA Ophthalmology, researchers examined the incidence of injury reports by patients who developed uveitis after being prescribed Avelox (Moxifloxacin), Levaquin (Levofloxacin), or Cipro (Ciprofloxacin).

Uveitis occurs when the uvea—the area of the eye consisting of the iris, ciliary body and choroid—becomes inflamed. There are numerous blood vessels in this middle layer between the retina and the white of the eye that nourish many important parts of the eye including the retina. Inflammation to the uvea can ultimately damage sight if not treated, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Out of the thousands of males aged 40- to 85-years-old who were accounted for in the case-control study, researchers identified 13,313 uveitis cases during January 2001 to December 2011. Compared to non-quinolone patients, first-time Avelox users exhibited the highest risk of developing uveitis, followed by Cipro and Levaquin patients. In comparison, each of the non-quinolone patients showed a lower likelihood of developing uveitis.

Based on statistical evidence, researchers concluded that Avelox and Cipro increased the risk of uveitis eye injury, while patients using Levaquin had the least risk of developing uveitis of the three quinolone antibiotic drugs examined. The study’s researchers recommended further investigations to confirm this result, but added that health care providers should consider this risk when prescribing quinolones.

Miami product liability attorney Tod Aronovitz says that patients who took these antibiotics need to be mindful of any side effects, including:

  • Eye redness
  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Decreased vision
  • Floaters
  • Whitish area covering the lower part of the iris

In addition to uveitis, other eye injuries associated with quinolones include pigment dispersion syndrome, retinal detachment, vision loss and blindness. Peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage and paralysis have also been reported with use of these medicines.

If you developed uveitis or were diagnosed with eye damage or another condition as a result of taking quinolones—including Avelox, Cipro, or Levaquin—you may have a legal claim. The Florida product liability attorneys at ARONOVITZ LAW can advise you in a free consultation by calling 305-372-2772.

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