Ocular effects of oral retinoids

J Am Acad Dermatol. 1988 Jul;19(1 Pt 2):209-11. doi: 10.1016/s0190-9622(88)70166-8.


Knowledge of the ocular side effects of oral retinoids is important when treating patients with these drugs. The side effects include blepharoconjunctivitis, dry eye syndrome, cutaneous photosensitivity, contact lens intolerance, refractive changes, papilledema and pseudotumor cerebri, corneal opacities, and abnormal retinal function. The signs, symptoms, and management of these ophthalmologic effects are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Eye Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Humans
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / chemically induced
  • Retinoids / adverse effects*
  • Xerophthalmia / chemically induced


  • Retinoids