Elmiron is a drug that has been used to treat patients suffering from pain related to bladder disorders. This drug works by creating a protective layer around the bladder to protect it from irritating or harmful substances found in urine. A number of side effects and warnings about the drug can be found on the Janssen Pharamaceuticals website; however, the risk of maculopathy or other issues that might affect the eye. is not among them.
Maculopathy is a progressive disease that is one of the leading causes of blindness. What’s especially concerning is that Elmiron users seem to be developing a certain kind of maculopathy referred to as pigmentary maculopathy.
Signs of Maculopathy to Watch out For
- Spots of vision loss in your normal field of vision
- Difficulty seeing close objects
- Difficulty reading
- Eyes taking longer to adjust to the dark
- Dimming vision or loss of clear color vision
- Objects appearing distorted, including straight lines that appear crooked or wavy.
If you are a user of Elmiron and are experiencing any issues with your vision, it is important to speak to your doctor right away. Your doctor might recommend you stop taking the medication in order to prevent further damage. It is estimated that up to 25% of long-term Elmiron users may have developed some kind of ocular damage that may lead to blindness.
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