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Vision Changes

Many people with COVID-19 experience eye redness, blurred vision, and discomfort in the eyes. Decreased blood flow to the brain and inflammation caused by COVID-19 can cause eye pain and vision changes. For those who were hospitalized, lying down for long periods of time can also damage blood vessels in the eyes. Typically vision changes will improve within two weeks after recovery from COVID-19. But for some, there may be lasting changes in vision, including:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye pain
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Poor depth perception
  • Blurred vision.

These symptoms can make it difficult to work, drive, or bike. Vision problems can also cause eye strain and frequent migraines.

Seeing a Doctor for Vision Changes

You may want to see your doctor for an eye exam if you recently recovered from COVID-19 but experience any of the following:

  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Short attention span
  • Frequently lose your place when reading
  • See words moving on the page when trying to read
  • Blurriness
  • Nausea or vomiting in combination with vision changes
  • Seeing blank spots, floaters, or flashes in your vision

Getting an eye exam early can detect whether you need treatment and help prevent your condition from getting worse. An eye exam can detect early on whether you need treatment and can help prevent your condition from worsening. During an eye exam, your doctor may dilate your pupils to check for problems on the backs of your eyes. Your treatment options might include cold compresses on your eyes, light therapy, and prescription eye drops.

Self-Care for Vision Changes