COVID-19 Pandemic and Conjunctivitis
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COVID-19 Pandemic and Conjunctivitis

COVID-19 Pandemic

The epoch to develop an intraocular lens which enables to see effortlessly at all distances, like the natural vision, has been reached.

The most common symptoms are fever, coughing, and respiratory distress in the form of breathing difficulty.

It has also reported to affect the eye and can cause eye infections in the form of Viral conjunctivitis.

What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis ?


What proportion of patients can develop conjunctivitis ?


1%-3% of people with COVID-19 may get affected by conjunctivitis. It happens when the virus infects a tissue called conjunctiva, which covers the white part of your eye or the inside of your eyelids.

Does it mean all patients with conjunctivitis have COVID 19 infection ?

No it does not necessarily mean all patients with conjunctivitis have COVID 19.

However, history of fever, cough, throat irritation, shortness of breath if present, one may be a COVID suspect and medical aid has to be sought for, as the virus has been known to shed in the tears too along with nasopharyngeal mucosa.

How the Infection Spreads ?


The novel coronavirus, is transmitted primarily through droplets by coughing or sneezing. The primary mode of entry of this virus, is not only through your nose or mouth, but it could be eyes as well. It can also spread through contact with contaminated surfaces.


If you have conjunctivitis from COVID-19, you may infect others with SARS-CoV-2 if you touch your eyes and then touch people or surfaces without washing or disinfecting your hands. Avoid touching your face, especially the mucous membranes in your mouth, nose, and eyes.

Contact your doctor if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or if you’ve had contact with people who are sick. Your doctor may suggest a virtual eye consultation.