Review Article
Volume 11 Issue 7 - 2020
Beyond COVID-19, the Possible Impact on Eye Health
Nnenne U Onu1*, Okechi U Amaechi1, Andrew U Omaka1, Amarachi C Ezeigbo1, Christopher O Timothy1, Samuel O Ndukuba1, Jacqueline E Obioma-Elemba2 and Ngozi O Onu3
1Department of Optometry, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria
2Department of Optometry, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria
3Pharmacy Department, State House Medical Centre, Abuja, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Nnenne U Onu, Department of Optometry, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria.
Received: May 02, 2020; Published: June 19, 2020




Abstract

The disease, COVID-19 has brought a lot of untold hardships to people, affecting persons from all cadres of human existence and causing a great deal of tragedy to nations. The race to halt this unseen enemy has gained momentum. This is seen in many trials, which are currently re-evaluating existing drugs and possibly new ones aimed at stopping this global pandemic. One of the alternative drugs which has been repurposed is an antimalarial known as chloroquine and its analogue-hydroxychloroquine. This drug with its analogue has documented side effects with prolonged use, increased dosage and in persons with renal failure, with effects especially on the eyes which can even lead to irreversible blindness. What then could be the possible impact of this drug on those receiving this type of treatment during the course of their therapy for COVID-19?

Keywords: COVID-19; Hydroxychloroquine; Chloroquine

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