Does Interferon Alpha Therapy Have Ocular Side Effects?

February 21, 2011

A study published in Ophthalmology reports that interferon alpha therapy, the first-line treatment for hepatitis B and C, and also used to treat cancers such as melanoma and hairy cell leukemia, has been associated with an ischemic retinopathy with cotton wool spots being a common finding.

A report suggests that anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) may also be linked to interferon alpha therapy, and the authors recommend that interferon be stopped if this is found.




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