Can Eyes Have Their Own Covid19 Infections?

Just wanted to share a quick update. I’ll have more news to share once I meet with the neurologist, but as of right now I finally have some new medications that are helping with some of the severe and scary symptoms that recently started up and landed me in the ER two weeks ago.

Despite this happy news, I still have unexplained issues with my eyes. I went to the ophthalmologist at Stanford yesterday for a 15 minute appointment that morphed into 2.5 hours. The good news is that my eyes show no serious deterioration. The bad news is that both have severe viral infections. The ophthalmologist took swabs of both my eyes, and yes, it’s as painful as it sounds even with numbing drops. The doctor said that it’s important to determine if I simply have a viral infection in both eyes thanks to my post covid lowered immune system or to see if I have a SARS-CoV-2 viral infection (COVID19) in my eyes.

If you aren’t aware, the eyes have a completely separate ocular immune system and are also highly vascularized, so they can get their own infections, separate from the rest of the body. This means that I could be covid free, but there is a chance my eyes could get Covid. There is also a chance that it’s a simple viral infection that was able to occur because COVID19 affected the vascular system of my body. If that feels confusing, it’s because it is. I really wish 2020 would stop giving me terrible surprises I do not want.

Like why can’t 2020 give us surprises like student loan forgiveness, universal healthcare for all or free trips to Maui?

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