Can COVID-19 Cause Burning Eyes?

Dr. Russel Lazarus, October 13, 2021

Burning eyes can be a sign of COVID-19.

COVID-19, more commonly known as ‘Coronavirus’, is a highly contagious viral infection that attacks the upper respiratory system.

COVID-19 is caused by a virus that enters the cells via an enzyme called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). This enzyme can be found in the lungs, heart, blood vessels, digestive tract and ocular membranes.

What are the signs of COVID-19?

The most common COVID-19 symptoms to watch for include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of smell or taste

If you experience burning eyes along with any of these symptoms, contact an eye doctor near you who can advise you what the next steps are. 

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Does COVID-19 cause eye discomfort?

COVID-19 has the potential to cause burning eyes, however, this is an uncommon symptom.

A review of published research in the Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research (2021) showed that 11 percent of people with COVID-19 experienced eye pain or burning eyes.

What else causes burning eyes?

Besides COVID-19, there are other conditions can cause burning eyes, including:

When to see an eye doctor?

If you are experiencing any changes in your vision or eye discomfort, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor for a comprehensive diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

If you are also experiencing other COVID-19 symptoms, immediately follow your government’s health regulation policies.

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Uncomfortable eyes are most commonly caused by allergies, dry eye syndrome or an eye infection, but some COVID-19 patients do experience eye discomfort.

If you suffer from uncomfortable eyes, see your eye doctor for a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.