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Woman Issues Warning After Her 'Acne Medication' Nearly Made Her Blind

May 3rd, 2018

Acne is a serious problem for a lot of people.

It can affect people at any age, but teenagers are most likely to get it. There are plenty of over-the-counter medications and even prescription medicines that can help treat acne. But sometimes, the problem can be much more severe than what you can see, and sometimes the medication can do more harm than good.

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One young woman recently had a horrible experience with the prescription acne medication doxycycline.

It almost caused Emma O’Mahoney to go blind. She is sharing her story in hopes that it will help save other people’s sight.

Emma was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension, which one of the potential side effects of doxycycline, an oral antibiotic used for treating acne, among other things.

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Emma posted on Instagram:

“For those who don’t know the story of my eyes, here it is. This time last year, I lost a good amount of my eyesight. The reason I decided to finally tell my ‘story’ on social media is bc I know there are a lot of unanswered questions and if you see me walking around town with a cane, I don’t want you to freak out. Long story short, last year I had a reaction to some medication that caused spinal fluid to build up in my brain, swelling my optic nerve, causing me to lose a lot of my eyesight. When I was admitted to the hospital, they told me I was a day away from being completely blind. Thanks to Riley’s ophthalmology, neurology, and Neurosurgical teams, I was able to gain a good amount of eyesight back over the past year with the help of surgery and heavy medication.”

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“So what can I see? I have a lack of peripheral vision, lovely blind spots that like to dance around my eyes, I’m blind in the lower half of my left eye, all straight lines are wavy, and I do have night blindness. Even though my vision kinda sucks, I’m so so grateful for what I have. I’m finishing my senior year online with the help of technology provided by Voc. Rehab. over the summer, and will be attending college for theatre with an emphasis in social justice in the fall of 2018. I’m not posting this for people to feel sorry for me, bc guys, I’m really fine. I just wanted to give an honest update on my life, something I’ve always neglected to do on social media. So that’s all!”

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Acne is caused by oil, dirt, and bacteria that get into the pores and clog them.

It appears as red spots or pimples on the skin. The spots can itch and even hurt. They also look awful. When a person picks at them, germs can be spread and cause infection. This can make the acne even worse.

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There are a lot of different treatment options available for acne, and some work better for certain people than others.

Topical treatments, laser treatments, and even chemical pills are all options. Oral medication can also be used if the acne is severe. Some people even opt for more than one treatment at a time to treat it aggressively. Others have to use trial and error to find the treatment that works for them.

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As you can tell from this Emma’s story, not all medications are completely safe.

Some people can have reactions to them and find themselves with complications. Most side effects are not serious, but some can be. It’s important to talk to a doctor to find out if an acne medication is safe. Luckily, Emma was able to keep some of her vision. If she had waited any longer to stop taking the medication, she might have been blind. Acne is awful, but most people would agree that it’s better than being blind.

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For those who don’t know the story of my eyes, here it is. 🙈🙈🙈 This time last year, I lost a good amount of my eyesight. The reason I decided to finally tell my “story” on social media is bc I know there are a lot of unanswered questions and if you see me walking around town with a cane, I don’t want you to freak out. Long story short, last year I had a reaction to some medication that caused spinal fluid to build up in my brain, swelling my optic nerve, causing me to loose a lot of my eyesight. When I was admitted to the hospital, they told me I was a day way from being completely blind. Thanks to Riley’s ophthalmology, neurology, and Neurosurgical teams, I was able to gain a good amount of eyesight back over the past year with the help of surgery and heavy medication. So what can I see? I have a lack of peripheral vision, lovely blind spots that like to dance around my eyes, I’m blind in the lower half of my left eye, all straight lines are wavy, and I do have night blindness. Even though my vision kinda sucks, I’m so so grateful for what I have. I’m finishing my senior year online with the help of technology provided by Voc. Rehab. over the summer, and will be attending college for theatre with an emphasis in social justice in the fall of 2018. I’m not posting this for people to feel sorry for me, bc guys, I’m really fine. I just wanted to give an honest update on my life, something I’ve always neglected to do on social media. So that’s all!

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Source: Cosmopolitan

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