Does the Covid 19 vaccine have an effect on your eyes?

Sat May 22 2021

This pandemic is already changing the way the world works. Vaccines continue to receive emergency clearance as they are distributed across the globe. However, there are several health concerns about coronavirus vaccines. This article explicitly focuses on the Covid 19 vaccine effect on the eyes.

Why is the vaccine important?

Scientists believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help you avoid becoming extremely unwell in case you get Corona. Getting vaccinated may help protect not only you but also those around you.

You may also be able to resume activities that you had to discontinue due to the pandemic. For example, you can assemble indoors without masks with other fully vaccinated persons.

Some side-effects to look out for!

The Covid 19 vaccine effect on eyes can range from swollen eyelids to swollen blood vessels, watering, and increased discharge. Infections or conjunctivitis (also called pink eye) are also possible.

According to some case studies, the Covid 19 vaccine effect on the eyes can lead to a mildly hazy or blurred vision for a few days. Dry eyes after Covid 19 vaccine have also been seen. Other effects of the Covid 19 vaccine may include itchy eyes, watery eyes, and burning sensation.

However, this is completely normal.  Vision problems could also be commonly experienced with other vaccines, such as the flu vaccine. Hence, the Covid 19 vaccine effect on the eyes shouldn’t undermine the safety or effectiveness of the vaccine at this stage.

What does the research say?

This virus is still in its early stages, and further clinical trials are the only way to confirm the Covid 19 vaccine effect on the eyes. Since the surface of the eyes and eyelids is lined with mucous, contaminated droplets can land in your eye and potentially render you vulnerable to infection. This is the main reason why scientists are trying to explore the link between vision and Covid-19.

But as of now, no medical expert has confirmed a negative Covid 19 vaccine effect on the eyes. In fact, with the rising cases of black fungus, which directly affects the eyes, experts cite vaccination as an effective way to prevent the fungus from deteriorating to dangerous levels. All this is positive news about the Covid 19 vaccine effect on the eyes, so things seem positive.

Is it the correct decision to receive the vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccine might have little or no effect on vision, but the disease itself can cause severe eye infections.

The few cases that showed that the Covid 19 vaccine effect on eyes leading to blurred vision should not be taken as the norm or cause you to fear getting vaccinated. Like the flu vaccine, other vaccines can also cause mild symptoms, including redness, discomfort, and blurred vision.

As there has been no scientific evidence that there is a negative Covid 19 vaccine effect on the eyes, our experts at Centre for Sight encourage you to get vaccinated without worrying about your vision!

What precautions are needed after taking the COVID-19 vaccine?

Once you get vaccinated, there are a few precautions that you must take –

  1. Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol for at least 3-4 days.
  2. Avoid strenuous exercise or physical work for 3-4 days.
  3. Do not stop wearing your mask as you may be a carrier and infect unvaccinated people.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  5. Only use a clean wet cloth to reduce pain in the vaccinated arm.
  6. Consult a doctor immediately if the pain/redness/swelling worsens.

Why choose Centre For Sight?

Contact our clinics today if you want to learn more about the Covid 19 vaccine effect on the eyes, schedule a test, or speak with an expert about any vision problems you might be experiencing post COVID-19 vaccine or otherwise.

Centre For Sight has the most extensive eye care network, over 1500 qualified doctors, and cutting-edge technology. So contact now to avail the best possible care for your eyes!

Article: Does the Covid 19 vaccine have an effect on your eyes?

Author: CFS Editorial Team  |  May 22 2021 | UPDATED 02:30 IST

*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.

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