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Severe COVID-19 May Damage the Eyes, Small Study Hints

Live Science

People with severe COVID-19 may be at risk for serious eye problems, a new study suggests.

The study researchers analyzed information from 129 patients in France who were hospitalized with COVID-19 and underwent brain scans with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Of these, nine patients, or 7%, showed signs of eye abnormalities. Specifically, the MRIs showed abnormalities called "nodules" at the back of their eyes, which can be signs of inflammation or direct damage to the eye, study lead author Dr. Augustin Lecler, an associate professor at the University of Paris, told Live Science in an email.

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