Covid-19 & your eyes

London Ophthalmology Centre has reported a rise in the number of people that are having inflammation and pain in or around the eyes after a case of Covid-19.

Mr Vik Sharma, a consultant ophthalmologist and clinical director at LondonOC, who specialises in glaucoma and cataract has said “Covid seems to be effecting the eyes in various and mysterious ways.”.

“Firstly, I have seen patients myself, and heard many reports from colleagues, about people who report inflammation in the eyes with active COVID-19 infections.

“Secondly, people with long-covid, or having had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past, have complained of blepharitis and eye pain sometime after the Covid-19 infection has passed.

“We do not yet have sufficient scientific data; however, people should be aware and seek treatment for their eye conditions.”

The long-term effects of covid-19 are still being established as we start to understand the virus more. Most people will have a full recovery after around 12 weeks (3 months). Unfortunately for some this is not the case; this is called long covid. This can affect the body in a number of different ways. The most common symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • Short breath
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Brain fog (changes with memory and concentration)
  • Insomnia (problems with sleeping)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Pins and needle
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Tinnitus or earaches
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite, nausea, stomach aches and diarrhoea
  • Rashes
  • High temperature and cold like symptoms (sore throat, cough and loss of smell)

If you have had covid-19 and have noticed a change in your eyes please book an appointment by calling 020 7000 3193 or email to have an assessment.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.