The world's largest organization of eye doctors, meeting in San Francisco this week, called for more studies into the newly approved impotence drug, Viagra, and said users with some types of eye problems should stay away from higher doses.
A moderate percentage of people taking Viagra have experienced temporary vision problems, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology urged that people take the effects seriously.
"FDA clinical trials show that taking the medication, especially at higher doses, can cause some retinal dysfunction and affect the way we see for a number of hours," the association's Dr. Michael F. Marmor said Monday.
Patients reported visual disturbances described as a bluish color tinge and light sensitivity.
"On the surface, seeing the world with a bluish tinge may just be annoying," Marmor said in a statement.
Marmor, a professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University, said a clinical study showed that electrical measures of retinal function dropped by 30% to 50% and lasted for at least five hours after taking a high dose of Viagra.