A new report revealed the presence of Corona virus in the eye of a 64-year-old Chinese woman two months after recovering from the infection, and the researchers explained that the woman was diagnosed with coronavirus in early February, and her test came negative after 18 days of hospitalization, however and after a while Shortly after she was discharged from the hospital, she developed pain in both eyes and died of fluid accumulation.
According to the British Daily Mail, after undergoing surgery in March, she had to undergo an additional operation in April, during which eye tissue samples showed evidence of viral proteins, according to the team from the General Hospital of Central Theater Command in Wuhan, China. .
Previous research also recently found that the eye produces receptors ACE-2The virus sticks to it to enter and infect human cells, which makes organs a main target, and the Corona virus was not only found on the surface of the eye, but it was also found inside tears, which may transmit the pathogen, and this may explain the reason for infection of up to 12 % Of patients COVID-19 With so-called “eye manifestations,” such as redness and swelling.
The doctors found that the old woman had a fever of (37.8 degrees Celsius), and a CT scan on the chest found patterns of “ground glass opacity” or haze in the lungs.
After performing the nasal swab test, the old Chinese woman was diagnosed with the Coronavirus, but she did not show serious respiratory or eye symptoms during her stay in the hospital, and by the eighteenth day her symptoms disappeared and she received two negative tests, the first on February 18 and the second on February 20.
After only eight days, the old woman began to suffer from pain in her left eye, and after three days, the same symptoms appeared in the other eye, and on February 28, she began to suffer from constant pain in the left eye and loss of visual acuity, and the same symptoms appeared in her right eye, and she was admitted to a clinic Ophthalmology on March 8th.
Doctors discovered that she was suffering from an acute attack of glaucoma, which occurs when fluids cannot be drained properly, leading to a rapid rise in eye pressure..
It was not possible to reduce the eye pressure with medicines, so the doctors decided that she needed to have an operation, which was performed on March 14 for the left eye and on March 15 for the right eye, however she had to undergo surgery again on April 10 due to the pressure that could not be Control it in her right eye.
Researchers obtained blood and tissue samples from the patient during surgery as well as from another patient who had glaucoma, but not COVID-19 For comparison, the results showed the presence of antigens, or viral proteins, on the iris and the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye..
Receptor proteins have also been found ACE2 In the conjunctiva, two months after the woman’s test result is positive, the authors write: “Based on these results, the eye is also one of the target organs for viral infection in addition to the lungs.”
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