SARS-CoV-2 found in the eyeballs of deceased COVID-19 patients

A new study reported the presence of novel coronavirus on the eyeballs of the deceased patients. They conducted these studies on the corpses of coronavirus patients.

Researchers from the Center for Vision and Eye Banking Research in Eversight performed the autopsies of the patients. They evaluated the eye tissue of ten people who tested positive for the virus after they died. Researchers also found evidence of the genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They collected the evidence from 20 eyes recovered from a group of dead people. Further study found a prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in ocular tissues from COVID-19 donors.

The surface areas of the eyes, such as the posterior and anterior corneal structures affected badly. Researchers said that the conjunctival surroundings were also affected by this virus. One of the lead authors, Onkar B.Sawant, said the research warns the viruses’ risk to the Ophthalmic professionals. The way they treated the patients might lead to a virus spread.

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“Our primary motivator is to ensure safe tissue for our surgeons and their patients,” Sawant told Newsweek. “Our secondary motivator is one that has driven the entire scientific community to conduct research around SARS-CoV-2. This is a novel virus, and we are all eager to learn as much as we can about it to save and protect lives.”

Denize Atan, an ophthalmology expert from the University of Bristol, UK, said this. More research is needed about whether the virus can be transmitted from the eyes but said the findings confirm its presence there. “It does highlight the fact that the surface layers of the eye and tears a possible route for transmission of the virus,” said Atan, who was not involved in the study. “It is also possible that [the] virus could be transmitted from some of the tissues inside the eye.”

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