What to do if you are worried about your vision during the Covid-19 pandemic

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 sudden onset loss of vision or double vision you should contact your hospital’s A&E department for advice. 

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 Covid-19 situation has eased. 

Hospital eye clinics are only able to see patients with immediately sight threatening or life-threatening conditions and therefore it is sensible check with your optician, 111 or hospital helpline before presenting at A&E. 

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

If you are still in doubt, please call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999. 

If you have profusely watery or red eyes and a persistent dry cough or fever this is potentially a sign of Covid-19 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.