Antiepileptic drugs and cataracts and macular degeneration
I was told about 3 years ago I had cataracts and macular degeneration. Although that sounded bad I didn’t pursue any treatment as the optometrist didn’t suggest any and I had no problems afterwards up until now when I have noticed changes in my vision (close vision) but attributed it to old age. I went to another optometrist recently and she brought up those 2 problems but didn’t suggest treatment just a wait and see attitude. I have decided to go to an opthamologist and see if he agrees with the prescription she gave me. I also want to know what he thinks. I’ ll start by taking lutein and make sure I wear sunglasses.
I have been reading on the internet that there is a connection between taking antiseizure drugs and cataracts and possibly macular degeneration. I would like to give up the drugs but worry about that even though the drugs have never stopped my seizures. I’m thinking about alternatives but don’t want surgery that is irreversible and may not help anyway (laser).
I haven’t told my neurologist yet about this. He wants me to have a 3 to 5 day EEG which I don’t really want to do. I guess that would help with his choosing a different drug. I don’t have a lot of faith in EEGs.