Cherokee, I've alwas understood that the risk for eye problems from plaquenil is very, very low. I've heard that from not only my rheumatologist, but from my opthamologist, who is a corneal specialist. I sure understand not wanting to risk eye complications, but if plaquenill would help your joint pain and/or fatigue, it might be worth doing a little more research. Best of luck - I hope you find some answers.
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