Journal article

The prevalence of visual symptoms in poppers users: a global survey

Andrew J Davies, Rohan Borschmann, Simon P Kelly, John Ramsey, Jason Ferris, Adam R Winstock

BMJ Open Ophthalmology | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016

Abstract

Introduction and aims: The use of 'poppers' (volatile alkyl nitrites) has been associated with the development of visual symptoms secondary to the development of maculopathy. There are currently no data regarding the prevalence of this condition among poppers users. The aim of this study was to quantify the presence of visual symptoms among poppers users from a global cohort. Design and methods: The Global Drug Survey (GDS) conducts annual anonymous online surveys of drug and alcohol use. Within the 2012 GDS, questions were inserted regarding the presence of visual symptoms in poppers users. Results: The GDS received a total of 21 575 valid responses, with a total of 17 479 from the UK, Aust..

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