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[Possible ophthalmological symptoms and complications of COVID-19 infections]

NAGY Zoltán Zsolt1

SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2021;31(08-09)

[The COVID-19 infection that started in December 2019 in China became a pandemic. Initially, the publications were dealing with respiratory symptoms, but later on other non-specific, pandemic related syndromes were discussed in the medical literature, among them more and more ophthalmological symptoms. Essential ophthalmological knowledge is important since the air-born droplet infection is invading generally the mucous membranes. Conjunctiva is the most important mucous membrane of the eyes. Viral particles colonising the conjunctiva reach the nose by the tears and are spreading to the nasopharynx and finally the respiratory system, which is an alternative, ophthalmological way of the invasion. Nevertheless, more researcher doubt this ophthalmic route of the infection. The present study overviews the most im­portant ophthalmological and neurooph­thal­mological symptoms and syndromes. Intensive care units focus on maintaining the vital functions, however for saved patients there is very important the prevention or early therapy of ophthalmological complications.]

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Szemészeti Klinika

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