Can COVID-19 Impact Your Vision?


Although the loss of taste and smell have become well-known sensory symptoms after a diagnosis of COVID-19, recent research also suggests that vision and hearing are also significantly impacted by the diagnosis of this dangerous virus. According to Scientific American, over 10% of people who recover from COVID develop some ear or eye symptoms that are likely to stick around for the foreseeable future.

The good news? COVID-19 does NOT cause blurry vision, per the experts at All About Vision. But there are plenty of severe and lasting impacts that could be detrimental to your sight and overall health.

According to WebMD, COVID-19 has been linked to an increased risk for eye conditions such as conjunctivitis (or pink eye) and retinopathy, a disease of the retina that can result in vision loss. This means you are likely to experience clear, watery eye discharge, eye redness, itchy and dry eyes, scratchy eyes, and increased sensitivity to light.

All of these recent findings should mean one thing: if you or a loved one has had COVID-19, you must schedule an eye screening immediately. A professional and trusted ophthalmologist will be able to help you come up with the appropriate treatment and management of potentially serious eye problems in COVID patients. With everything you have dealt with and overcome in fighting this unrelenting virus, YOU deserve to preserve your quality of life as much as possible, and that means protecting your sight now.

When it comes to making sure your eyes are as healthy as possible for as long as possible, even if you are dealing with a recent COVID-19 diagnosis, trust your friends at Carson Optical. Because Carson Optical is family-owned and operated (and has been since 1972), we make it our mission to build strong, personal relationships with each of our valued customers.

For more information on our vast array of services, visit our website and contact us to set up your appointment! Follow us on Facebook for tips on how to best protect your vision. We look forward to building a relationship with you and giving you the best possible eyesight!

 

Sources

https://www.allaboutvision.com/symptoms/blurry-vision/covid-blurred-vision/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/covid-can-cause-strange-eye-and-ear-symptoms/

https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20210217/severe-covid-19-linked-with-changes-in-eyes#1

https://www.aoa.org/healthy-eyes/eye-deserve-more/doctor-patient-stories/fighting-to-vision-after-covid-19?sso=y