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‘Sore eyes’ is one of the most common COVID-19 symptoms

‘Sore eyes’ ranks ahead of other COVID-19 symptoms among commonality, according to new research.

Virginia McShane, 63, wipes her eyes while staying at a homeless shelter inside the San Diego Convention Center Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in San Diego.
Virginia McShane, 63, wipes her eyes while staying at a homeless shelter inside the San Diego Convention Center Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in San Diego.
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New research has identified the most common ocular symptom for those with COVID-19.

What’s going on?

New research published in BMJ Open Ophthalmology has found that “sore eyes” is the most common ocular symptom for those who suffered from the coronavirus disease.

  • “Sore eyes” led the way when it comes to the most common ocular issues, though, according to the American Journal of Managed Care.
  • “Sore eyes” ranked ahead of itchy eyes.

What experts say

The study’s authors said that “sore eyes” is likely a common issue because “there has been an increase in ‘sore eyes’ as an increasing trending Google search term over the past 10 months,” too.

Context:

COVID-19 is mostly a respiratory illness with common cold symptoms, like cough, high temperature and fever.