With more troublesome Covid mutations coming to light, Dr Chris highlights the presence of photophobia developing in some people who are exposed to the new strain. What can be done about it? Appearing on ITV‘s This Morning on Wednesday, January 20, Dr Chris said photophobia is the “dislike of bright lights”. Typically “associated with a headache” said Dr Chris, the condition is otherwise regarded as “light intolerance”.
Dr Chris stated that coronavirus causes “inflammatory response around the body”, which is why he believes some people may experience photophobia.
A research paper, published in the journal BMJ Open Ophthalmology in December 2020, explored coronavirus eye troubles in more detail.
Conducted by researchers at Anglia Ruskin University, people who tested positive for covid were asked to complete a questionnaire about their symptoms.
The study found that 18 percent of participants reported photophobia while 16 percent noted “sore eyes”.
Of the 83 respondents, 81 percent of participants reported “ocular” issues (i.e. eye problems) within two weeks of other covid symptoms.
Eye troubles reportedly lasted less than two weeks in nearly all of the participants who experienced them.
The most common reported symptoms overall included fatigue, fever and a dry cough.
Lead author Professor Shahina Pardhan, Director of the Vision and Eye Research Institute at ARU, commented on the findings.
The condition can affect either eye, or both, and can develop suddenly or gradually over a few days.
The main treatment for uveitis is steroid medication, which can help reduce inflammation inside the eye.
This can be in the form of eye drops, injections, tablets, or capsules.
If not treated quickly and properly, complications can occur if you’re over the age of 60, or have chronic uveitis.
What are the other signs of coronavirus?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) listed other reported symptoms of coronavirus. These include:
- Dry cough
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pain or pressure
- Loss of speech or movement
In order to qualify for a free NHS coronavirus test, you must have one of the following symptoms:
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
In the meantime, aside from getting a covid test, you and anyone in your household “should stay at home” stressed the NHS.
Anyone in your support bubble, if you’ve been in close contact with them 48 hours prior to symptoms starting, must also stay at home.
The rules of self isolation
If you have tested positive for covid, or you’re experiencing symptoms of the disease, you must self isolate to help curb the spread of the disease.
Self isolation must start from the day symptoms began and must continue for the next 10 days.
While at home you can get help from NHS volunteers who can collect grocery shopping and medicine.
“You might be able to get sick pay or other types of financial support if you’re not able to work,” added the NHS.
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