Covid symptoms: Link between eye inflammation and COVID-19 – expert weighs in


The London Ophthalmology Centre (LondonOC) reports an increase in numbers of people attending with inflammation and pain in and around the eye following cases of Covid-19.

Mr Vik Sharma, Clinical Director and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Glaucoma Specialist at the Royal Free NHS Hospital, London 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.”

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