Recently, it has been observed that pink eye can be another symptom of COVID 19, especially in children, says Dr Vikas Maurya, Director and CEO, Respirology, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh. In addition, the mouth and nose, it has been found that the coronavirus can also be spread through the eyes. A study, published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, determined that conjunctivitis and keratoconjunctivitis can also be a symptom of COVID-19 in addition to the usual symptoms such as fever, dry cough and fatigue, body aches, sore throat, headache, and loss of taste or smell.
According to Dr. Maurya, according to the available data, only 3% of people with COVID-19 will have conjunctivitis. “When the virus infects a tissue called the conjunctiva, which covers the white part of our eye, inside our eyelids, it leads to conjunctivitis. Some of the other related symptoms are: the eyes become swollen and itchy. You may even have excessive tearing or increased eye secretion, ”said Dr Maurya.
University studies conducted at the start of the pandemic also identified conjunctivitis as a secondary symptom in about 10 to 15% of Covid-19 cases.
What should be kept in mind?
According to Dr Maurya, although the early stage of COVID 19 does not show pink eye as a symptom, it only happens in the late stage with another respiratory problems. “In this situation, it is recommended to do an RT-PCR test,” he said.
But having pink eyes or puffy eyes doesn’t necessarily mean someone has COVID 19. We have to be very careful about any kind of discomfort in our eyes, he added.
Some tips for keeping eyes safe during the pandemic
* We must avoid gathering together, wear a mask always every time in public and maintain social distance
* We need to wash our hands and eyes frequently
* We should avoid rubbing our eyes or touching our face frequently
* If possible, we should protect our the eyes with glasses instead of contact lenses.
* “As it is a difficult time for all of us, it is best not to take any chances and to contact the doctor as soon as we start seeing symptoms. Without consulting the doctor, we should not use eye drops and medication, because sometimes the wrong medication can affect us negatively, ”he said.
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