ISSN ONLINE: 2558-815X
ISSN PRINT: 1584-9244
ISSN-L: 1584-9244

COVID-19 presenting with central retinal vein occlusion: a case report


Introduction. Ophthalmologists worldwide are reporting various ophthalmic manifestations of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The most common ocular manifestation is conjunctivitis. Even a rarer complication, retinal vein occlusion may appear in patients with COVID-19.
Case presentation. A 52-year-old man was admitted for retinal vein occlusion of the right eye. He had been complaining of blurred vision for several days. A complete clinical and paraclinical evaluation of the patient was performed, in search of associated diseases. The patient tested positive for infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
Conclusions. Retinal circulation is a potential site for thromboembolic complications in patients with COVID-19. Ophthalmologists should be aware of this possible association and maintain a high level of suspicion of COVID-19 in patients with vascular occlusive diseases of the eye.
Keywords: thromboembolism, ocular complication, SARS-CoV-2.

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Trifonova KZ, Slaveykov KS, Dochev IS, Parusheva PO, Pekova LM. COVID-19 presenting with central retinal vein occlusion: a case report. Arch Balk Med Union. 2021;56(2):268-272.