Ebola’s Toll on Vision

Scores of Ebola survivors Ebola are now facing blindness.
 
Around 20% of West Africa’s 17,000 Ebola survivors have since contracted blindness-causing inflammation from contagious uveitis—which often leads to cataracts in 1 eye.
 
1 of those survivors is Ian Crozier, MD, who survived Ebola and then contracted uveitis, then cataracts. He documented his experience in the New England Journal of Medicine, highlighting that if the eye is free from uveitis, cataract surgery is safe.

Emory physicians are now bringing tests and treatments to Sierra Leone, clearing 50 survivors for cataract surgery. The Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors are looking for more.

The New York Times

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