Do not be afraid of Plaquenil
I was skeptical of taking yet another drug for my lupus. But I have to tell you, I have been on Plaquenil for 8 weeks and I am starting to see wonderful results! I climbed stairs the other day and I said, "Hey, I feel no pain!" My hands are no longer swollen. It is incredible and has given me such a feeling of hope.
As to the concerns about the eyes - my eye doctor told me that the risks are so remote that some countries no longer require frequent eye exams while on plaquenil. He advised me to have an eye exam every six months.