What to do if you are worried about your vision during coronavirus

If you have vision symptoms that you are worried about the following advice may help you.

You should get the advice of an eye health professional today if you experience sudden onset of any of the following symptoms: 

  • loss of vision 
  • blurred vision 
  • pain with or without discharge
  • light sensitivity 
  • double vision
  • flashes of light in your vision
  • disturbances in your vision 
  • new floating bits in your vision. 

If you have any of the other symptoms you should call your own or a local optician in the first instance and 111 if they are not available. Do not ignore these symptoms or wait until after the coronavirus situation has eased. 

Hospital eye clinics are now open again but may only be able to see patients at high risk of sight loss; routine appointments may still be delayed. However, if you are worried about your vision or if you are under the care of the hospital eye service and think you should have been contacted with a new appointment, then please contact your hospital or optometrist to find out what you should do. RNIB Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) are available in many hospitals and they would be able to help you too. To find out if your hospital has an ECLO, call us on 0303 123 9999 or check your location on the Sightline Directory.

If your symptoms have been present for several weeks or months, then call your optician as soon as you can for advice.

If you have profusely watery or red eyes and a persistent dry cough or fever this is potentially a sign of coronavirus and so you should use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

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