Common antibiotics tied to eye emergencies, study says

A common class of antibiotics was linked to a higher risk of so-called retinal detachment — when the light-sensitive tissue in the eye separates from gel that fills the eyeball, in a new Canadian study. People treated by ophthalmologists for the emergency condition were five times more likely to be taking drugs known as fluoroquinolones, which include ciprofloxacin (marketed under names including Zoxan, Proquin and Cipro) and levofloxacin (Levaquin, Cravit), than those who didn’t have retinal detachment.

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