Can Ibuprofen cause blurred vision? I had a BA and TT July 11.

I'm experiencing eye strain and blurred vision. I had the nausea patch and that definitely blurred my vision, but since that has been gone since day 3, I think that should be gone from my system. I've been takin 800mg of Ibuprofen 3x/ day. I was telling my husband that my vision seems off and I'm struggling to read both close and far away. He wondered if it was the ibuprofen. Is that reasonable and if so, when would I see (ha!) improvement? I'm stopping ibuprofen

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Side Effects in Melbourne, FL.

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Thank you for your question about blurred vision after your breast augmentation surgery.  Certainly, this side effect can result from any number of medications including ibuprofen and the scopolamine patch.  Discuss with your board certified plastic surgeon, but it sounds like stopping all medications for a period of time might give you the answer.  I hope this is helpful to you.  Best of luck!

Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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Blurred vision

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Different people may have different reactions to medications. The Scopolamine patch could have given blurred vision, and its effects slowly wear off. However, it might be best that you avoid all medication now to see if your visions improves. If not, I would suggest seeing an ophthalmologist. Please let your surgeon know of your difficulties.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy make-over - is Ibuprofen causing my blurred vision?

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Thank you for asking about your mommy make-over recovery.
  • You are correct - blurred vision is a fairly common side-effect of ibuprofen.
  • This is a neurologic effect, similar to the ringing in the ears that it can also cause.
  • The effect of the scopalamine patch should have worn off by now.
  • I strongly suggest that you stop taking the ibuprofen and report this to your surgeon.
  • The ibuprofen effect may occur quickly and may be dose related -
  • It is possible that a lower dose will work fine but first stop the ibuprofen completely and see if your vision returns to normal.
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Can Ibuprofen cause blurred vision? I had a BA and TT July 11.

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Thank you for your question and I am sorry to hear of your eye issues.  I do not think that ibuprofen is causing your eye symptoms and the scopolamine patch is the more likely culprit.  I would voice your concerns to your surgeon as it would be important to diagnose the cause - eye irritation, corneal abrasion, medication side-effect - to determine the best course of treatment.  Hope this helps.

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Ask your surgeon

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You should check with your surgeon as your surgeon would be the best person to answer that question as only your surgeon knows the exact procedure performed along with your medical history. 
Good luck!

Mommy Makeover /Breast Augmentation/Breast Implants/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/Tummy Tuck/Liposuction/BBL

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Thank you for your question. It is unlikely from the Ibuprofen.  If your surgeon used a Scopolamine patch (anti-nausea) during surgery this might be the cause.  Please discuss with your surgeon so he/she can recommend the most appropriate treatment plan at this time. The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
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Vision issues after surgery

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Thank you for your question, and I'm sorry to hear you are having that issue. No, I'm not aware of any link between short-term ibuprofen use and vision changes. It would definitely be worth seeing an ophthalmologist though. Vision symptoms we do see sometimes after surgery are things like a corneal abrasions (like a scratch on the outer surface of the eye), and dry/itchy eyes, but usually not changes in near/far vision. Best wishes on your recovery.

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