JUL 04, 2016
Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Uveitis
Doctors from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil report that a 40-year-old man infected with Zika developed uveitis.
In a letter to the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine, the physicians describe a man who presented with a 2-day history of a rash and bilateral ocular hyperemia. Real-time reverse-transcriptase–polymerase-chain-reaction (RT-PCR) assay confirmed Zika infection.
After a 7-day course of topical glucocorticoids, visual acuity returned to baseline and no signs of ongoing uveitis were detected. IOP remained normal at all visits.
The authors believe that Zika may cause both conjunctivitis and uveitis because the virus affects the central nervous system.