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Ocular sequelae from the illicit use of class A drugs

By A.Y. Firth


Aim: To highlight the changes that may take place in\ud the visual system of the class A drug abuser.\ud \ud \ud Methods: A literature review was carried out of\ud ocular/visual sequelae of the more common class A\ud drugs. These include stimulants (cocaine and crack\ud cocaine), narcotics (heroin, morphine, methadone)\ud and hallucinogenics (ecstasy, lysergic acid diethylamide,\ud magic mushrooms, mescaline, phencyclidine).\ud \ud \ud Results: Ocular sequelae affecting visual acuity, the\ud eye and its adnexa, ocular posture and ocular motility\ud can result from recreational use of these drug(s).\ud \ud \ud Conclusions: Awareness of the consequences of illicit\ud drug use should lead to more pertinent questioning\ud during history-taking

Year: 2004
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