Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been shown to impact different parts of the body, and ocular changes have been associated with external findings, most notable conjuntivitis.
A recent study (published May 12th, 2020) also suggests retinal changes occuring secondary to COVID-19 exposure.
Considering that we still don't know the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the eye or retina, a comprehensive eye exam with retina screening is important to rule out any potential damage.
When visiting your optometrist or ophthalmologist, please request one or both of the following modern, diagnostic tests:
1) Digital Retina Photography (OptoMap) &
2) Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).
These advanced devices may be beneficial as important screening and diagnostic tools for examining the retina without the need of dilating drops or prolonging your visit at the practice.
Relevant Retinal Findings in COVID-19 patients: Cotton Wool Spots (CWS) & hemorrhage (bleeding) which are typically found in patients with vascular issues such as diabetes or hypertension.
Retina & COVID-19 Study