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Eye Disorders and Vision Problems

Although these are not a common side effect, the treatment of breast cancer can affect the eyes, even the vision.

Ocular disorders may include:

Redness, itching or dry eyes (Xerophthalmia)

  • Crying eyes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Seeing dark spots

Treatment of breast cancer that can cause eye disorders:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Tamoxifen, hormonal therapy
  • Fareston (chemical name: toremifene), a hormone
  • Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane), a hormone
  • Avastin (generic name: bevacizumab), a targeted therapy
  • Zometa (chemical name: zoledronic acid) and Reclast (different formulation of zoledronic acid), bone-strengthening drugs called bisphosphonates
  • Some pain medications can also cause eye disorders.

How to treat eye disorders

If you have impaired vision, they may indicate a more serious medical condition. Call your doctor immediately if you notice you have trouble seeing or if your vision changes.

If you have dry, red or itchy eyes:

Try blinking frequently, especially if you spend a lot of time looking at a computer monitor. This can help lubricate the eyes.

Consult your doctor if artificial tears or eye drops may help relieve eye.

Think about the possibility of wearing glasses instead of contact lenses: Leave contact lenses can help alleviate eye irritation.

To reduce the risk of conjunctivitis or other eye infection:

Avoid rubbing your eyes: you can spread germs into the eye or worsen irritation.

Wash your hands before touching your eyes.

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