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Vision and Eye Problems

Though uncommon, breast cancer treatment may affect your eyes and vision, including causing red, itchy, or dry eyes; watery eyes; blurry or double vision; or making you see dark spots.
 

Though not a common side effect, breast cancer treatment may affect your eyes, including your vision.

Eye problems may include:

  • red, itchy, or dry eyes

  • watery eyes

  • conjunctivitis (pink eye)

  • blurry or double vision

  • seeing dark spots

Breast cancer treatments that may cause eye problems are:

Some pain medications also can cause eye problems

 

Managing eye problems

If you have vision problems, it can be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Call your doctor right away if you notice that you're having trouble seeing or if your vision changes.

If your eyes are dry, red, or itchy:

  • Try to blink frequently, especially if you spend long hours looking at a computer screen. This can help lubricate your eyes.

  • Ask your doctor if artificial tears or eye drops would help soothe your eyes.

  • Consider wearing your glasses instead of contact lenses — not wearing contact lenses may help ease eye irritation.

To help reduce your risk of getting pink eye or another eye infection:

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes — you could spread germs into your eye or make any irritation worse.

  • Wash your hands before you touch your eyes.

— Last updated on February 22, 2022, 8:04 PM