Will my child’s vision health be affected by lupus treatments?

One of the most commonly prescribed medications for lupus is the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil®). Antimalarials can affect the retina, so a complete eye examination by an ophthalmologist should be done prior to the child starting this type of medication, and once or twice a year thereafter. Any problems with vision should be immediately brought to the ophthalmologist’s attention. Also, the dosage should be based upon the child’s ideal body weight for his or her height.

Medically reviewed on August 16, 2013

This article was published by the Lupus Foundation of America Office.