“Eye care is only one issue among many in Ebola survivors,” Dr. Jessica Shantha from the Emory Eye Care Center said. “However, prior studies have shown that over 30% of survivors may develop ocular complications. Uveitis and cataracts are two of those complications. Both tend to show clinical features differently in Ebola survivors than in other patients and often are much more difficult to treat.”
Part of that treatment has included the design of specialized ophthalmic procedure rooms in Sierra Leone to safely test ocular fluid for Ebola before scheduling the patient’s surgery.