Eye problems due to Hepatitis B and C are often not diagnosed properly as the patient does not feel them at first. Despite showing no loss of vision, the infection causes damage near the eye ball region. Infection in the blood leads to itching and formation of pus in the eyes and retinal problems.
Senior ophthalmologist Dr Vijay Kiran said there was very little awareness on how hepatitis affects the eye. “People are not aware hence they do not get their eyes checked. Most patients with retinal problems, uveitis and ocular infection go to an ophthalmologist too late when treatment becomes very restricted,” he said.
Diagnosing a patient with the infection is difficult. Dr Sreelakshmi Nimmagadda, refractive eye surgeon, said those suffering from dry eyes continuously need to be evaluated.