This Rare COVID Symptom Has Doctors on Alert

All cases treated by one doctor ended very badly.

Coronavirus has caused a range of strange symptoms in patients, from loss of smell to brain fog. But now, one particular eye symptom connected to COVID has doctors on alert. It's rare for an ophthalmologist to encounter a case of endophthalmitis, an eye infection that can lead to blindness. But Amelia Schrier, MD, a professor of ophthalmology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University, recently reported seeing three cases of endophthalmitis in the span of two months. Remarkably, all three cases were in COVID patients, putting ophthalmologists on high alert for a likely association between the two illnesses. Read on for more on the symptoms of this rare eye infection that's connected to COVID, and for another key COVID symptom, check out This Is How to Tell If Your Cough Is COVID, Doctors Say.

Schrier is now trying to raise awareness among other medical professionals that this particular eye infection could be a symptom of COVID. "The whole point is to alert people of the association, but I cannot say specifically that COVID causes it," Schrier recently told HealthDay.

Endophthalmitis occurs when the tissues or fluids inside the eyeball become infected, and it is always considered a medical emergency, regardless of its cause. It's most commonly the result of a bacterial infection after eye surgery, eye injection, or an eye injury, but there are other known cases where it's caused by a virus. Since beginning her research on the subject, Schrier says she has found two other cases of endophthalmitis linked to COVID-19 patients.

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 conditions as they tried to fight off the infection."

In all three of Schrier's cases, the outlook was grim. One patient died of COVID, another lost an eye "despite heroic efforts to save [it]," and the third permanently lost all vision. Read on to learn the symptoms of this harrowing eye infection that you should look out for, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. And for another symptom you should know about, check out This Is One of the Most "Easily Overlooked" COVID Symptoms, Experts Warn.

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Eye pain that keeps getting worse

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Red eyes

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White or yellow pus or discharge

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Swollen or puffy eyelids

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Blurred, decreased, or lost vision

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Sensitivity to bright lights

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And for more signs that you may have coronavirus, check out If You Have This Symptom, There's an 80 Percent Chance You Have COVID.

Lauren Gray
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