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What Happens?

- Research shows the eye can be a port of entry as well as inoculation for the SARS-COV-2 virus. 

- A meta-analysis of COVID-19 clinical trials shows that ocular symptoms often present within the first 7 days. This trend was reported across all age groups (from 5 years – 75 years) (Danthuluri & Grant, 2020).

- Research shows that ocular changes may also be present after the disease becomes systemic, while other studies show ocular findings can be a presenting symptom (Wu et al., 2020).

- COVID-19 positive individuals typically manifest conjunctivitis and ocular surface pathology; however, Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and retinal fundus imaging have demonstrated the presence of cotton wool spots (CWS), retinitis, optic neuritis (Leaonardo et al., 2020).