This Rare COVID Symptom Has Doctors on Alert
Coronavirus has caused a range of strange symptoms in patients, from loss of smell to brain fog. But now a specific eye symptom related to COVID has doctors on alert. It's rare for an ophthalmologist to come across a case of endophthalmitis, an eye infection that can lead to blindness. Amelia Schrier, MD, professor of ophthalmology at Hofstra University's Zucker School of Medicine, recently reported three cases of endophthalmitis within two months. Notably, all three cases occurred in COVID patients, which put ophthalmologists on the alert to determine a likely link between the two diseases. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of this rare eye infection that has been linked to COVID. For more information on top COVID symptoms, see How To Know If Your Cough Is COVID Doctors Say.
Schrier is now trying to make other medical professionals aware that this particular eye infection could be a symptom of COVID. "The whole point is to make people aware of the club, but I can't say for sure that COVID is causing this," Schrier recently told HealthDay.
Endophthalmitis occurs when the tissues or fluids in the eyeball become infected and is always considered a medical emergency regardless of its cause. It's most commonly the result of bacterial infection following eye surgery, an eye injection, or an eye injury, but there are other known cases where it is caused by a virus. Since beginning her research on the subject, Schrier has found two more cases of endophthalmitis related to COVID-19 patients.
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According to HealthDay, Schrier noted that all three of the patients she personally treated "had underlying health problems that may have made their COVID-19 worse and made them more susceptible to other illnesses as they tried to fight off the infection."
In all three of Schrier's cases, the outlook was bleak. One patient died of COVID, another lost an eye "despite valiant efforts to save it," and the third permanently lost all eyesight. Read on to learn the symptoms of this harrowing eye infection that the American Academy of Ophthalmology says to look out for. And for one more symptom to know about, check out This Is One Of The Easiest COVID Symptoms To Miss, Experts Warn.
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Eye pain that keeps getting worse
Young men having an eye exam in the ophthalmologist's office.
White or yellow pus or discharge
Young man doing home eye examination in the bathroom
Swollen or puffy eyelids
Woman with swelling around her eyes
Blurred, decreased, or lost vision
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Sensitivity to bright lights
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For more signs of a coronavirus, see If you have this symptom, there is an 80 percent chance you have COVID.
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