How Can Elmiron Cause Scotoma?
According to a 2018 study published by the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO) , many patients who took Elmiron for an extended period of time exhibited symptoms of paracentral scotoma or vision loss in the field of vision. Researchers in 2019 presented evidence to the AAO that “25% of their patients with significant exposure to Elmiron showed clear evidence of retinal damage,” which caused scotoma in some patients.
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What is a Scotomoa?
Commonly mistaken as eye floaters, scotomas are an “aura” or blind spot that blocks part of your vision. Scotomas can appear in the form of a dark spot or a flicker of light/dark, and they may be permanent or temporary, depending on what caused the condition.
- A spot in your vision that can be dark, very light, blurred, or flickering
- Trouble seeing certain colors
- The need for bright light in order to see clearly
What's the Difference Between a Positive Scotoma and a Negative Scotoma?
A positive scotoma is one that is seen by the patient, such as a purple spot that is often seen after a flash bulb goes off, whereas a negative scotoma is a non-seeing area of the visual field (blind spot). Positive scotomas occur most commonly with macular disease.
What is a Scintillating Scotoma?
Like other types of scotoma, scintillating scotomas appear as floaters, dots, or blind spots in the field of vision. Scotomas smear and obscure what you see, but they aren’t pieces of dust or dirt that have landed in your eye. Scintillating scotomas may look wavy or alternate from dark to light. In many cases, the edges of the spot you see are jagged.
How are Scotomas Treated?
Temporary scotomas, such as those caused by a migraine headache, typically don't require medical treatment. Permanent or "fixed scotomas" aren't able to be corrected with glasses or surgery, but often treating the underlying cause (such as discontinuing treatment with Elmiron) can prevent new blind spots from forming.
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