Sore eyes, conjunctivitis could be symptoms of Covid-19, - British Medical Journal

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Dread of light is possibly another sight-related symptom of this disease
11:08, 11 December 2020

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Hurting eyes and other symptoms of conjunctivitis can point out to coronavirus. A group of scientists from Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, UK) made respective conclusions in their research on the matter. The results were published in British Medical Journal.

"Conjunctivitis has been reported in people suffering from COVID-19. However, many ocular symptoms are associated with the term ‘conjunctivitis’ which may be misleading. It is also unknown whether ocular symptoms were different in chronic sufferers of anterior eye diseases, when they were experienced or how long they lasted for compared with other COVID-19 symptoms", the authors said in the abstract of the article.

The scientists got these results thanks to the online survey among patients with confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19. They found the data about the type, frequency and continuity of various symptoms of Covid-19. Eye symptoms experienced by focus group members before becoming sick with Covid-19 were compared with those observed during the disease.

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"Anonymous online data were collected between 16 April and 20 July 2020. Self-reported data from 83 participants over the age of 18 years who tested positive for COVID-19 were analysed", the report said. The most common eye symptoms were dread of light, sore eyes and itching in the eyes. 81 percent of patients claimed eye symptoms within two weeks after other symptoms of Covid-19 had appeared.

The researchers claim that one should not be ignoring the passing of virus through the eyes; eye is considered one of the body organs, which the virus could use to infiltrate the body.

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