Researchers investigate eye health effects of COVID-19
UK scientists have reported on the most common ocular symptoms among those diagnosed with COVID-19
Scientists reported that within a group of 83 patients with COVID-19, the most common symptoms were fatigue (90%), fever (76%), loss of smell or taste (70%) and a dry cough (66%).
The most common ocular symptoms associated with the virus were photophobia (18%), itchy eyes (17%) and sore eyes (16 %).
Of the study participants, 81% experienced ocular symptoms within two weeks of other COVID-19 symptoms.
The study information was gathered through a structured online questionnaire of people who had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
Among those who experienced ocular symptoms, 80% reported that the symptoms lasted for less than two weeks.
Researchers highlight that over the past 10 months there have been more Google searches using the term ‘sore eyes.’