ARVO: Ebola Survivors May Be Left With Visual Impairment

Share this content:
ARVO: Ebola Survivors May Be Left With Visual Impairment
ARVO: Ebola Survivors May Be Left With Visual Impairment

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About one-fifth of Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone developed severe or total vision loss within weeks of being declared free of the virus, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, held from May 1 to 5 in Seattle.

"Uveitis patients developed ocular symptoms a median of three weeks after discharge from Ebola treatment centers" in Sierra Leone, said a team led by John Mattia, M.B.B.S., D.O., of the Lowell and Ruth Gess Eye Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Mattia's team examined the eyes of 50 Ebola survivors with uveitis out of a group of 277 survivors. A total of 62 eyes were given visual acuity tests.

"Severe vision impairment and blindness were observed in at least one eye in 19 of 62 eyes [screened]," the team reported. Men and women had similar risk of vision loss, and the duration of Ebola symptoms did not seem to affect the odds that a patient might suffer eye damage, the researchers found.

Mattia's team said that while further study is essential, resources are urgently needed to diagnose and treat this sight-threatening post-Ebola complication across West Africa.

Abstract No. B0119
More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions

More in Home

Recent Decline in Prescription Opioid Use Among U.S. Teens

Recent Decline in Prescription Opioid Use Among U.S. ...

Lifetime prevalence of use peaked in 1989, 2002, and remained stable until decline in 2013 to 2015

Treatment Seeking Low Among Teens With Eating Disorders

Treatment Seeking Low Among Teens With Eating Disorders

Those with counter-stereotypic presentation even less likely to seek treatment

Optical Clearing Agent Ups No. of Laser Passes in Tattoo Removal

Optical Clearing Agent Ups No. of Laser Passes ...

Findings based on number of laser passes during a five-minute tattoo removal session

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »