I used the transderm-scop patch for a week about a year ago while on a small fishing boat. My vision became quite blurred by the end of the trip... so bad I couldn't read the numbers on my cellphone, etc. Once I took off the patch, my vision improved substantially... but never seemed to return to normal. I now need reading glasses at times. Is it coincidence that my eyes changed at the same time? I was 45 years old at the time.
Does anyone feel they have permanent vision loss from 1 time use (7 days) of scopolamine?
Question posted by mrchanute on 25 Aug 2010
Last updated on 11 May 2022 by DLADY22
I was also given the patch to help with dizziness. On the 2nd day I woke up with extreme blurred vision and dry throat. I contacted my doctor and was informed to just take the patch off. I am unable to see anything close up which is affecting my ability to work. I can barely see my computer screen or phone
as well as anything else at a close range. A lawsuit needs to be filed. Had I been made aware of such an extreme side affect I would have never used the patch. I am beyond upset. Upon reading the affect that it has had on others, I am worried that I may never get my vision back to the way it was
I had severe vestibular problems and was on it for about a week back in June 2021. My vision has been blurry ever since. I didn’t realize it was the patch, I thought it was because of the vestibular migraine, but recently when I had surgery and was given the patch afterward, I immediately recognized the vision changes. Now my vision is even worse! I had 20/20 in one eye and 20/15 in the other and now I can’t even watch TV without glasses! I recently saw live music from the balcony of a theater, and as soon as I got there I remembered that I needed glasses. I couldn’t see the show! And I can’t drive at night.
I’ve noticed a lot of people here are talking about close up reading level vision changes, but it doesn’t seem to have affected that (I’m 52 now and have “normal” close vision changes). The distance vision changes is what really upsets me. I agree about class action!!
Hi everyone, I’m having the same issues as all of you. I had a c section 6 weeks ago and used the patch after surgery. It worked tremendously, but the next morning I woke up with blurred vision. I told the nurses and my doctor and they were all confused and had no idea what was causing it. I actually had gone to the ER after 2 weeks because I was paranoid I had a brain bleed or another complication from the surgery. I can’t see anything up close or far away. Especially my phone screen. I’m absolutely heartbroken that I will never have my vision back. If anyone is interested in a lawsuit please let me know because I’m seriously considering it.
I used a scopolamine patch once for 2 days post-surgery for nausea. I was advised that I could keep it on for up to 3 days, but removed it early because it caused blurred vision. That was over 12 weeks ago and my vision is still blurry. I am now using reading glasses every day, had to increase the font on my phone, and am having trouble focusing on seeing anything close up. I am 44 years old and was surprised to find that so many others had similar stories. However, what I've seen doesn't give me much hope for recovery.
This happened to me years ago. I was on a cruise, I put the patch on, went to sleep to wake up with blurry vision. I couldn’t even read the daily activities. I went to sleep with 20/20 vision and woke up to blurry vision that never improved from that moment. I went to eye doctors and My MD and explain the situation and was told it couldn’t happen. They made me feel like the crazy one. Recently I’ve been thinking about how that happened to me and decided to do some research and I find out it’s happened to others.
I knew I was right. Who knows how many it has affected that were told the same by their doctors.
I had a hysterectomy at 36 and they put the patch on me because I get severely sick. This is the first time I have had the patch and when I woke up from surgery I immediately could not focus. I still have this problem 2 years later. It’s so frustrating and makes my job difficult and daily living. Has anyone else heard anything, my husband ask if there is a current class action open?
My 14 year old daughter had surgery and was given the scopolamine patch for nausea. It has been a week since the removal of the patch. Her vision went from 20/20 to severely impaired as the muscles in her eye have been paralyzed. We are still hoping her vision will return. Has anyone contacted the FDA? Other helpful resources?
I had major surgery in December 2016. Before that, I had 15/15 vision... better than 20/20 and could see everything and then some. After my surgery, I was given scopolamine in the hospital and then another round again after I was sent home. My vision was blurry but the packet that came with the script said symptoms would go away once I discontinued use. Here it is almost 3 years later and I am still waiting for the blurry vision to go away. Eye doctor told me last year I am just getting old and need reading glasses but when you walk into surgery with more than perfect vision and walk out and it is never the same, I can’t believe it is solely from me aging. My eyes are pretty much blurry constantly now. No doctor is ever going to admit it is from a prescription, but I truly believe it is. I have always said my vision has not been the same since my surgery. I had an idea what it was from and now I am convinced it was the scopolamine patches after reading that it has happened to others. Do not use these even for a short amount of time. Not worth losing your vision over.
In 2018 I was shot I head and ever since I have had vertigo so without patch I cant even get out of bed. One of the 1st times I wore a patch I was driving and all of a sudden I couldn't see. I had to pull over immediately. I was so lucky for not wrecking. I had just exited I10 highway at the airport . It was one of the scariest things I've ever had happen. It hasn't happened again. However I have had the blurred vision and I too have to use reader glasses! I wish I could stop wearing the patches but I'm just too sick without it.
I know this is an older post but I was affected by scopolamine... 2 surgeries back to back in which they used patch and after the second one I could not read my phone... well over a year later and my close up vision is horrible. I had lasek years ago and my vision was better than 20/20 and now it is not good all. Should be a lawsuit!
I had great vision until using this patch on a cruise in March 2019. I had the patch on and awoke on the third day with blurred vision. I have to use reading glasses to read anything up close now. They need to warn that this can cause permanent damage but instead they claim the side effects will improve. Well mine has not improved. I believe a class action lawsuit should be filed!
YES!! I have permanent vision loss as well. Completely lost my focal vision. I had a vision check 11/2018, little changes to vision prescription. 12/2018 I had surgery, day after as I took of the patch my vision never restored! I’m at a complete loss! We need to do something!
I was just researching this myself. I went on my first cruise ship in 2012 and used a scopolamine patch and tablets as a precaution. My vision was so blurry the second day I could not read anything on paper, playing cards, could not fill out forms or add tips to checks. My vision improved slightly in the next few days but never to the point I could see anything up close again without using glasses. My eye doctor shrugged off the idea that the scopolamine caused any issues, but .. wow - guess he was wrong. This is major.
Someone needs to do something about this. The side effects say it’s temporary but clearly Scopolamine is causing permanent vision changes. I would have never taken it if I knew this was a possibility. I never had issues with my vision prior to using this drug. Now I’m looking at getting lasik to try to correct my vision and get my eyes back to normal but it’s expensive, and insurance doesn’t cover it.
People need to know, patients, prescribing doctors, parents .. I mean seriously who would trade a few days of sea sickness for their eyesight? This shouldn’t be prescribed as a comfort measure, a preventative treatment or even nausea if it means loss of vision.
The side effects horribly outweigh the benefits.
Yes. My wife and I used the Scopolamine patch for a week on a cruise. Our vision was blurred during the cruise and didn’t connect to the patch. But upon returning both of our vision has permanently damaged and we need glasses to read.
I think this is our doctors fault for not informing us and warning enough. Absolutely negligent and unethical practice for either not being informed or not passing on the information to the patients.
I had surgery 5 weeks ago and the patch was placed behind my ear. I left it on for less than 24 hours, at which time I removed it for blurred vision. My vision has since improved, but not 100%. I now need glasses, which I did not use previously. I am making an appointment with an eye doctor now for an evaluation, as I am confident that the vision loss is permanent.
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