Roscoe Steed

Men breathed a sigh of relief recently at the news that a drug company-sponsored review concluded that Viagra doesn't increase the risk of blindness. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had 38 reports of blindness caused by a condition called NAION or nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy among users of Viagra. But Pfizer, the company that makes Viagra, said a review it conducted has concluded that there is no evidence of increased risk of blindness among men taking Viagra. "This is good news," said sexologist Woody Rose. "Twenty-seven million men have used Viagra. The idea that there could be a connection between this medication and serious ocular events (like blindness!) would be chilling. We're happy to hear that this is not the case." But while there appears to be no connection between taking Viagra and blindness, questions remain about the consequences of Viagra enhanced behaviors. "Yes," Rose allowed, "it may not be the Viagra that makes men blind. We may be talking here about the, er, robust activity that Viagra inspires."

In other words, after taking Viagra certain men may have been screwing their eyeballs out. "It could be possible that Viagra is actually making the science fiction of high school locker room boasting a kind of science fact," Rose said, adding that while there was no causal connection between Viagra and blindness, he had encountered several middle-aged men who complained of unusual hair growth on the palms of their hands.

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