Study debunks antibiotic link to retinal detachment

Review of a national Danish database with information on nearly 750,000 episodes of fluoroquinolone use (mainly ciprofloxacin), and comparison with 5.5 million controls, found no strong association.

Given the small number of patients with retinal detachment – 556 – the study could not rule out an association.

But the researchers estimated the absolute risk “in the worst-case scenario” was that the antibiotics would account for no more than 11 additional cases of retinal detachment for every one million