Hospitalized patients with laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection were included. Twenty-one (60%) patients with conjunctivitis were male and 160 (60.1%) patients without conjunctivitis were male. However, Wu P. et al. The distribution of gender, acute pneumonia, and bilateral pneumonia depending on the outcome status (conjunctivitis or not) will be presented as percentages and the differences addressed through the chi-squared test (of the Fisher’s exact test in case the frequencies be low). This suggests that perhaps the appearance of conjunctivitis could depend on the host’s characteristics or the inoculation mechanism. COVID conjunctivitis is self-limiting and so far no ocular complications have been reported. The demonstration of the direct association between conjunctivitis and SARS-CoV-2 infection in the absence of diagnostic confirmation with real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) of tears and conjunctival secretions is difficult to prove. The fact that none of the patients reported associated blurred vision nor shown relevant epithelial corneal keratitis agrees with the case series of Wu et al. None of the patients showed conjunctival petechiae, corneal infiltrates nor membranes or pseudomembranes. [13], COVID-19 conjunctivitis starts as unilateral redness of eye with follicular reaction (inferior palpebral) like any other viral conjunctivitis. Table 3 illustrates the laboratory, radiological, and clinical results in patients with and without conjunctivitis stratified by sex. https://doi.org/10.23812/Editorial-Conti-3, Yi Y, Lagniton PNP, Ye S, Li E, Xu R-H (2020) COVID-19: what has been learned and to be learned about the novel coronavirus disease. If IgM and IgG are both positive, infection is recent and may or may not be active. However, important causes from a never-ending list of red-eye include; Adenoviral, Bacterial, Allergic conjunctivitis, Herpes simplex virus keratitis, Anterior uveitis, Foreign body, Corneal abrasion, Dry eye syndrome, Exposure keratopathy, and Chemosis. A pneumonia outbreak associated with a new coronavirus of probable bat origin. CAS  While the coronavirus is mostly known as a respiratory disease, it can affect other parts of the body, including the eyes. Compared with other viral conjunctivitis, we found distinctive clinical findings that could guide defining and differentiating conjunctivitis in COVID-19 patients. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has shown several clinical manifestations at respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurological levels, among others [2, 4]. doi:10.1080/09273948.2020.1738501. Part of Springer Nature. [1] [2] [3] However, there are reports of conjunctivitis associated with COVID-19. Meta‐analysis of conjunctivitis in patients with severe vs nonsevere coronavirus disease 2019 This meta‐analysis provides evidence that conjunctivitis could be associated with a … Although the most frequent symptoms include respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, and dyspnea, the presence of conjunctivitis has also been reported [3]. described in a series of 38 patients that patients with conjunctivitis were more likely to have higher white blood cell and neutrophil counts and higher levels of procalcitonin, C-reactive protein, and lactate dehydrogenase than patients without ocular symptoms, suggesting that ocular abnormalities occurred more frequently in patients with more severe COVID-19. The signs of COVID-19 conjunctivitis are similar to the presentation of other viral forms. This page was last modified on August 4, 2020, at 13:29. Based on our findings, we estimate that the actual prevalence could be underestimated, partly because many mild or very mild cases may have gone unnoticed by both healthcare personnel and the patients themselves. This article is based on previously conducted studies and does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors. Key messages COVID-19 has been shown to have ocular involvement, mainly conjunctivitis. Tonometer should be sterilized using a 10% diluted sodium hypochlorite solution. Avoiding air puff tonometer as it poses a danger of aerosol spread. SARS-CoV-2 is expressed at a low rate in tears, which may be a source of infection to GPs caring for patients at high risk of COVID… Correspondence to Tropism, replication competence, and innate immune responses of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in human respiratory tract and conjunctiva: an analysis in ex-vivo and in-vitro cultures. Pooled data showed 11.64% of patients with COVID-19 had ocular surface manifestations. Routine eye care or urgent problems: Masks or face covering on patients at all times (inform patients that they are not to pull masks down onto their chins at any time while in … [reference needed]. Patients with COVID-19 can have symptoms of watering, foreign body sensation, and red-eye, or they may be asymptomatic. Keratoconjunctivitis as the initial medical presentation of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Overall, 35 patients (11.6%; 95% CI: 8.48–15.84) were diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis; of those, 10 (3.3%; 95% CI: 1.8–6.1) showed ocular manifestations on the day of the visit whereas 25 (8.3%; 95% CI: 5.6–12.1) reported having conjunctivitis in the previous days, seen by the primary care doctor. However, conjunctivitis was more frequent in males with moderate clinical severity and in women classified as clinically mild. 2020; 581:465–469.Doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2196-x. Topical antibiotics can be given to prevent secondary bacterial infection. There is no statistically significant difference in the time interval from the onset of COVID symptoms to the appearance of conjunctivitis between women and men (U Mann-Whitney; P = 0.56). Around 12% of patients affected by COVID-19 can present conjunctivitis symptoms associated with the disease and usually occurs early in the disease. We found no relationship between the COVID-19 severity score and the presence of conjunctivitis (P = 0.17). Laboratory work-up included the levels of leukocytes, neutrophils, lymphocytes, C-reactive protein, ferritin, D-dimer, creatinine, and LDH, considering the blood test results that represented the greater severity prior to the date of the ophthalmological examination. The pathophysiology of SARS-CoV2 related conjunctivitis is not completely understood. The references in the medical literature regarding the ocular manifestations of this emerging disease are scarce so far and, despite the fact that ocular involvement is not well defined yet, some case reports have highlighted the presence of conjunctivitis [3]. Travel Med Infect Dis:101606. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2020.101606, Huang C, Wang Y, Li X et al (2020) Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Conjunctivitis was more frequent in males with moderate clinical severity and in women classified as clinically mild. The median time of virus shedding is 20 days with a maximum recorded time period of 37 days. There have been several reports of eye redness and irritation in COVID-19 patients, both anecdotal and published, suggesting that conjunctivitis may be an ocular manifestation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. https://doi.org/10.1111/aos.14472, Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Calle del Prof Martín Lagos, s/n, 28040, Madrid, Spain, Noemi Güemes-Villahoz & Barbara Burgos-Blasco, Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Clinico San Carlos, Instituto de investigación sanitaria del Hospital Clínico San Carlos (IsISSC). Moreover, the above-mentioned article is a retrospective study where the patients were not evaluated by an ophthalmologist, and the patient’s data were obtained from patients’ electronic medical records and an electronic questionnaire completed by patients on a smartphone. Animal studies have shown anterior uveitis, retinitis, vasculitis, and optic neuritis, as well.[17]. https://doi.org/10.7150/ijbs.45134, Yeu E, Hauswirth S (2020) A review of the differential diagnosis of acute infectious conjunctivitis: implications for treatment and management. Virus spread may occur through droplets, contact with infected surfaces, mucous membranes of infected persons, and also via the oro-fecal route. Clin Ophthalmol 14:805–813. Hung IF, Lung K, Tso EY, Liu R, Chung TW, Chu M, et al. Remedisivir is currently approved by the FDA for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized with severe disease. Patients with red eyes frequently present to general practitioners (GPs). Clinical diagnosis Triple combination of interferon beta-1b, lopinavir–ritonavir, and ribavirin in the treatment of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19: an open-label, randomised, phase 2 trial. Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is a specific but less sensitive test in the diagnosis of COVID conjunctivitis. Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology A better understanding of the ocular manifestations of the virus will assist in early identification of SARS-CoV-2-infected cases, prioritizing diagnostic testing in patients with clinical findings compatible with conjunctivitis associated with COVID-19. N Engl J Med:1–13. COVID conjunctivitis like any other viral conjunctivitis is self-limiting and can be managed with lubricants and cold compresses unless cornea is involved. Güemes-Villahoz, N., Burgos-Blasco, B., García-Feijoó, J. et al. These excluded patients showed no difference in clinical characteristics compared with the included sample. Wu et al. The patients usually present mostly bilateral conjunctival hyperemia, chemosis, follicular reaction of the tarsal conjunctiva, epiphora, watery discharge, mild eyelid edema, and enlarged preauricular and … [19] It is recommended that two consecutive negative RT-PCR tests results are required before a patient can be considered safe.[20]. For systemic investigations, nasopharyngeal, throat, upper respiratory, and saliva swabs are taken for RT-PCR. Imaging of COVID patients shows pneumonia, multiple mottling, and ground-glass lung opacity and pneumothorax. Specifically, 3 patients presented subconjunctival hemorrhage, 4 patients had a moderate pterygion, and 2 patients had an hordeolum, which were managed with conservative treatment. 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Of the 301 subjects included, 180 patients (59.8%) were male and the median age was 72 years (IQ 59–82). Another recent study showed that patients with COVID-19 who were treated with a combination of lopinavir, ritonavir, ribavirin, and interferon-beta-1b became PCR negative more quickly than those treated with lopinavir and ritonavir (control group). This is the first study that describes the clinical characteristics of conjunctivitis in a large sample of patients with COVID-19. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study of its kind in Europe. Informed consent was obtained from all patients. Overall, 35 patients (11.6%) were diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis. Li Wenliang, the whistleblower of the disease, contracted this virus from an asymptomatic glaucoma patient. They all fully recovered. None of the patients of our study reported blurry vision associated. Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the ocular findings observed in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 and to present the relationship between ocular involvement, systemic findings, and laboratory results. We were unable to objectify any relationship between the presence of conjunctivitis and clinical, radiological, or laboratory severity in our sample of 301 cases. All staff interacting with a conjunctivitis patient should wear a procedural mask and eye protection. According to the patient’s self-report, the median duration of ocular symptoms was 3 days (p25-p75: 1–3.5) with a minimum of 1 day and a maximum of 1 week. Our results show an 11.6% prevalence of conjunctivitis among hospitalized patients with COVID-19, differing from previous results. Most who experienced these eye symptoms had severe cases of COVID-19 (and often had pneumonia); only one patient presented with conjunctivitis as the first symptom. One of the studies conducted in Wuhan, China, found that nearly a quarter of pediatric patients had this condition. PubMed Central  Other people have reported symptoms like conjunctivitis. Minimum examination protocol that can help in diagnosis and management and avoiding additional clinical tests and investigations unless necessary. Although infrequent, some patients with COVID-19 may present with features typical of viral conjunctivitis. In addition, a notification system was implemented for all healthcare personnel working at the COVID unit and evaluating the patients daily. However, very mild retinal microvascular abnormality involving the ganglion cell and inner plexiform layers of the retina is described by Marinho et al. Patients with red-eye must be inquired about recent traveling, cough, flu-like symptoms, fever, and history of similar symptoms in close contacts or recent contact with COVID-19 suspected or diagnosed cases. Patients with displaced eyeball, drooping upper eyelid and Covid-19 manifestations such as conjunctivitis and ocular pain were subjected to further medical investigations. [15] [16]It may also be associated with tender lymphadenopathy. Other reports showed that the patients of COVID-19 developed conjunctivitis later in their course of disease after hospitalization. medRxiv 2020;20039446. doi:10.1101/2020.03.23.20039446, Tsui PT, Kwok ML, Yuen H, Lai ST. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the thin membrane, called your conjunctiva, which covers the front of your eye and the back of your eyelids. Lauer SA, Grantz KH, Bi Q, Jones FK, Zheng Q, Meredith HR, et al. Of the 483 patients admitted to the COVID unit at the time of the study, 301 patients met the inclusion and exclusion criteria. There are reports in which conjunctivitis was the only sign of COVID-19. Ocular screening in severe acute respiratory syndrome. It is not yet confirmed whether the disease started from bats or not. Nature. The vast majority of studies published to date have been carried out in China. J Clin Virol 127:104362. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcv.2020.104362, Xiong M, Liang X, Wei Y-D (2020) Changes in blood coagulation in patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): a meta-analysis. However, many ocular symptoms are associated with the term ‘conjunctivitis’ which may be misleading. [12], Conjunctivitis and keratitis are the only reported ocular signs of COVID-19 to date. Coronavirus had been previously reported to be associated with conjunctivitis in humans. Early after acquiring infection, antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 are detected in serum. Huang Y, Tu M, Wang S et al (2020) Clinical characteristics of laboratory confirmed positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Wuhan, China: a retrospective single center analysis. Gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting have also been reported. “I’ve seen many cases of COVID-19 patients with conjunctivitis,” Rajeev Fernando, MD, an infectious disease expert in Southampton, NY, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. PubMed  This suggested that transmission of the virus may occur through the eyes. Overall, 35 patients (11.6%) were diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis. Doi:10.1056/NEJMoa2002032. For surface disinfection, 0.1% of sodium hypochlorite or 70% ethanol for 1 minute is recommended. [7], The incubation period of COVID-19 is within 14 days with maximum numbers occurring within 4 to 5 days of exposure. Previous reports suggest that SARS-CoV-2 can cause conjunctivitis, either as an early sign of infection or during hospitalization for severe COVID-19 [8, 14]. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00417-020-04916-0, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00417-020-04916-0, Over 10 million scientific documents at your fingertips, Not logged in Although fever is a common symptom there are reports of afebrile COVID patients as well. Clinical diagnosis is through a high level of suspicion, The tear sample collection varies from the use of Schirmer strips to conjunctival swabs. [9][9], Recently, viral RNA was detected in the samples collected from the rooms of COVID-19 patients admitted in the hospital, which further confirmed spread through direct contact with the surfaces contaminated with virus particles. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.25725, Zhang X, Chen X, Chen L et al (2020) The evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection on ocular surface. However, this article did not … PubMed Google Scholar. Comparative performance of SARS-CoV-2 detection assays using seven different primer/probe sets and one assay kit. The natural history of the disease seems to be a rapid self-limited conjunctivitis that improves without treatment and does not affect visual acuity nor associate short-term complications. The natural history of the disease seems to be a rapid self-limited conjunctivitis that improves without specific treatment. Can J Ophthalmol. What new data is showing about ocular signs. Use of topical anesthesia may also alter the results.[18]. Chest X-ray results were analyzed separately, since it is not uncommon to find a discrepancy between the radiological and clinical findings, especially in the early stages of the disease. It is preferable to use disposable devices. Eight of the patients had chemosis, which is inflammation and swelling of your conjunctiva. Approximately, 1 out of 10 hospitalized non-critical COVID-19 patients presents conjunctivitis during the disease. Acta Ophthalmol. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019, there have been more than 6.5 million confirmed cases of the disease worldwide. Although COVID-19-related conjunctivitis seems to be uncommon, the AAO reminds physicians that other forms of conjunctivitis are common. [5]ACE2 receptors were found in conjunctiva and cornea, although the receptor density in ocular tissues was lower. The inclusion criteria were as follows: over 18 years of age, patient with positive reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test from nasopharyngeal swab for SARS-CoV-2, hospitalized due to COVID-19, and ability to give verbal consent. volume 258, pages2501–2507(2020)Cite this article. Differences in prevalence and clinical presentation of conjunctivitis were analyzed by sex. Pre-appointment screening of the patient. N Engl J Med 2020; 382:1708-1720. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtos.2020.03.010, Wu P, Duan F, Luo C et al (2020) Characteristics of ocular findings of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Hubei Province, China. Notwithstanding, Fisher’s exact test did not allow us to consider the association between pneumonia and conjunctivitis to be causal (P = 0.40). In fact, some coronavirus patients have been reported to have pink eye, or … J Biol Regul Homeost Agents 34(2). Ann Intern Med 2020;172(9):577-582, Santarpia JL, Rivera DN, Herrera V, Morwitzer MJ, Creager H, Santarpia GW, et al. Approximately 97% of patients develop symptoms within 11.5 days of exposure. The risk factor for COVID conjunctivitis is direct contact with a person having COVID. For instance: "The more severe a patient's COVID-19 is, the more likely it is that he or she will also have pink eye, according to the report published online … COVID-19 started in December 2019 in Wuhan city of China and within no time evolved into the deadliest Pandemic of the present times. Ocular tropism of respiratory viruses. Yuen KSC, Chan W-M, Fan DSP, et al. These patients tested positive on RT-PCR of naso-pharyngeal swabs and developed no fever, malaise, or respiratory symptoms throughout the course of their illness. Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations. Google Scholar, Chen L, Liu M, Zhang Z et al (2020) Ocular manifestations of a hospitalised patient with confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus disease. https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S236571, Giannis D, Ziogas IA, Gianni P (2020) Coagulation disorders in coronavirus infected patients: COVID-19, SARS-CoV-1, MERS-CoV and lessons from the past. Cell death results in the release of the virus into tears. Dis.2003;9, Guan W, Ni Z, Hu Y, Liang W, Ou C, He J, et al. Once the diagnosis is made, the patient should be quarantined and closely followed for the development of complications. Preventive measures, which must be adopted by practicing ophthalmologists, to avoid the spread of infection include; Any patient coming to the clinic with a red-eye should be suspected of COVID conjunctivitis until proved otherwise. Lancet Respiratory Med, published on line May 7, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(20)30193-4.Accessed May 8, 2020. However, we found distinctive clinical findings among our patients that could guide defining conjunctivitis in COVID-19 patients. Disinfection of instruments and surfaces having potential patient contact, before and after the examination. Lancet 2020;395(10229): 1054-1062. https://doi.org/10.1056/nejmoa2002032, Ramirez DA, Porco TC, Lietman TM, Keenan JD (2017) Epidemiology of conjunctivitis in US emergency departments. According to the chi-squared test, there is not a relationship between the COVID-19 severity score and the presence of conjunctivitis (P = 0.17). JAMA Ophthalmol 135(10):1119–1121. Through this system, the on-call ophthalmologist was notified immediately with any new possible case of conjunctivitis until the date of discharge, which contacted the investigators. Zhou P, Yang XL, Wang XG, et al. Conjunctivitis, a potential albeit uncommon symptom of the coronavirus pandemic, could simply be seasonal allergies. Marinho PM, Marcos AAA, Romano AC, Nascimento H, Belfort R. Jr. Retinal findings in patients with COVID-19. However, a positive IgG test alone does not mean the patient is no longer contagious or is immune. Likewise, the distribution of the quantitative covariates (leucocytes, neutrophils, lymphocytes, C-reactive protein, ferritin, D-dimer, creatinine, and LDH) will be depicted through the median, first, and third quartile, using the Mann-Whitney U test to assess their differences depending on the presence of conjunctivitis and sex. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjophthalmol-2020-316304, Guan W, Ni Z, Hu Y et al (2020) Clinical characteristics of coronavirus disease 2019 in China. IIORC, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ISCIII (OFTARED), Madrid, Spain, Julián García-Feijoó, Federico Sáenz-Francés, Pedro Arriola-Villalobos, Jose María Martinez-de-la-Casa & Jose Manuel Benítez-del-Castillo, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital Clinico San Carlos, Instituto de salud de la mujer. Am J Ophthalmol 2004;137:773–4. JAMA Ophthalmol:1–8. Of the 35 cases that presented conjunctivitis, 13 cases suffered it before admission to the hospital, 12 cases in the time interval between admission and our evaluation, and 10 cases presented conjunctivitis at the time of evaluation. Ophthalmology. This cross-sectional study was conducted at the Hospital Clinico San Carlos of Madrid, Spain, a tertiary hospital which attends patients within the Madrid metropolitan area. Hui KPY, et al. The overall prevalence results from adding patients who had conjunctivitis at the time of the evaluation and those who reported having conjunctivitis prior to the examination. However, this article did not compare the differences between women and men, and included critical patients, who were not included in our sample. The main outcome measure is the overall prevalence of conjunctivitis among inpatients diagnosed with COVID-19. Conjunctivitis in COVID-19 patients: frequency and clinical presentation. Virological assessment of hospitalized patients with COVID-2019. It was striking to find the absence of petechiae and subconjunctival hemorrhages in our sample, despite the fact that different articles reported the vascular and thrombotic complications associated with the virus [12, 13]. In addition to this, health care workers are at increased risk of acquiring the infection. If IgM is negative and IgG positive, the infection is old. Several vaccines are in progress as well. 11.6% of the men and 10% of the women presented conjunctivitis. Ocul Surf. The Academy uses cookies to analyze performance and provide relevant personalized content to users of our website. Objective Conjunctivitis has been reported in people suffering from COVID-19. However, conjunctivitis was more frequent in males with moderate clinical severity and in women classified as clinically mild. We believe this is related to males having a more severe biochemical COVID-19 profile than females. Furthermore, it is interesting to highlight that out of a hospitalized married couple who slept in the same room at home and had equal clinical severity, only the woman presented with conjunctivitis. There was initial data regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine, which later proved ineffective for COVID. Doi: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2020.100735. The COVID-19 virus can cause ocular complications such as conjunctivitis, though not necessarily in the early stages of the disease, according to researchers. The most common reported symptoms among all the 35 patients that presented conjunctivitis during the disease were mucopurulent discharge (100%; 42.8% mild, 51.4% moderate, 5.7% severe), tearing (62.8%), and foreign body sensation (57.1%). It is also unknown whether ocular symptoms were different in chronic sufferers of anterior eye diseases, when they were experienced or how long they lasted for compared with other COVID-19 symptoms. © 2021 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. [8] described in a series of 38 patients that patients with conjunctivitis were more likely to have higher white blood cell and neutrophil counts and higher levels of procalcitonin, C-reactive protein, and lactate dehydrogenase than patients without ocular symptoms, suggesting that ocular abnormalities occurred more frequently in patients with more severe COVID-19. Currently, data to propose or oppose a therapy is insufficient. [4] It has been named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). We found a prevalence of conjunctivitis in our sample of 11.6%, which allows us to infer that approximately 1 in 10 patients affected by COVID-19 can present conjunctivitis symptoms associated with the disease. Google Scholar, Cheema M, Aghazadeh H, Nazarali S et al (2020) Keratoconjunctivitis as the initial medical presentation of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): a case report. This page was enrolled in the International Ophthalmologists contest. [8] found that as high as 31.6% (95% CI, 17.5–48.7) of hospitalized COVID-19 patients presented ocular signs and symptoms compatible with conjunctivitis. Wearing of masks all the time by the patients, attendants, and the health care personnel. However, based on previous results, the extremely low positive rate of SARS-CoV-2 RNA test by RT-PCR in tears and conjunctival secretions from patients with laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 implies that negative test results could be false negative, not excluding the presence of the virus [8, 16]. Lack of retinal findings may be attributed to failure to perform the retinal examination in the COVID-19 patients. The frequency of conjunctivitis in patients with COVID-19 has not been fully quantified to date, reporting very different data regarding its prevalence and incidence. 54.29% of conjunctivitis were completely unilateral, unlike adenoviral conjunctivitis where there is a greater tendency to bilateralization [11]. 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