Shocking photo shows how Ebola lingers in eye of a survivor
American doctor was given the all-clear from Ebola but months later began experiencing eye troubles, resulting in his left eye switching color
Before contracting Ebola, American cardiologist Dr. Ian Crozier had two blue eyes. He still had two blue eyes when he was given the all-clear, but months later his left eye turned green.
This was the first time the virus was found in the eye of a survivor, as well as having the effect of changing the eye color of a patient.
Dr. Ian Crozier was working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone when he was diagnosed with the Ebola virus in September 2014. He was flown back to the U.S. for treatment in Atlanta and was released in October when the virus was no longer detected in his blood.
However, two months later he began experiencing problems with his left eye after developing an inflammation in his eye leading to swelling, severe vision impairments and high blood pressure in his eye. Ten days after the original symptoms began, Dr. Crozier’s left blue iris turned green.
He returned to the hospital where fluid was removed from his eye and tested for the Ebola virus. His doctor, Dr. Steven Yeh, found that the virus was present but not in his tears or surrounding eye tissue and therefore decided he did not pose a risk to other people.
After undergoing treatment, Dr. Crozier’s left eye returned to being blue but his vision has not been completely recovered.
Dr. Yeh has said that survivors of Ebola should be regularly examined for eye infections, as several other cases of eye problems have been reported by survivors. It has previously been determined that the virus can live on in the body of survivors, such as in semen, even after the patient is declared cured.