Review Article
Volume 12 Issue 11 - 2021
Ocular Implications in COVID Era: A Challenge
Anuradha Raj1* and Nikhil Agrawal2
1Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bathinda, Punjab, India
2Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bathinda, Punjab, India
*Corresponding Author: Anuradha Raj, Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bathinda, Punjab, India.
Received: May 28, 2021; Published: October 29, 2021




Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an ongoing pandemic, and this virus spreads mainly during close contact by tiny droplets. Ocular surfaces being a potential mode for the transmission, ophthalmologists are highly prone to acquire this infection. Due to the presence of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 in various ocular tissues and cytokine storm lead to vasoconstriction, ischemia, hypercoagulopathy and thromboembolic phenomenon, this virus binds easily and shows various ocular manifestations such as conjunctivitis, retinal vascular occlusions, worsening of diabetic retinopathy, ocular nerve palsies and orbital mucormycosis. Proper ocular care and awareness among the medical fraternity need the hour for prompt diagnosis and management to avoid irreversible sight loss.

Keywords: Coronavirus Disease 2019; Central Retinal Artery Occlusion; Hyper-Coagulopathy Mucormycosis

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Citation: Anuradha Raj and Nikhil Agrawal. “Ocular Implications in COVID Era: A Challenge”. EC Ophthalmology 12.11 (2021): 51-57.

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