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If You Notice This on Your Face, It Could Be an Omicron Symptom

Best Life Logo By Kali Coleman of Best Life | Slide 2 of 5: Google searches for "eye pain" and "itchy eyes" have been on the rise since early December, when the now-dominant Omicron variant first began to spread across the U.S., NBC-affiliate KXAN reported. Several people have even tweeted about experiencing itchy eyes with their recent COVID infections."Started with a sore throat got rid of it quickly, tons of sneezing and itchy nose and eyes," one Twitter user said about their Omicron case. Another person tweeted a similar experience. "Finally down with COVID this week. Likely Omicron. Almost out of the woods after three grim days of muscle aches, high fever, itchy eyes, nausea and hacking cough," they tweeted.Eye problems have not been frequently seen with prior variants of COVID, but issues like pink eye, light sensitivity, sore eyes, and itchy eyes have been anecdotally reported, according to the Mayo Clinic. "Many respiratory viruses can impact the conjunctiva of the eye," Amesh A. Adalja, MD, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, explained to Prevention.

Many people have been reporting experiencing itchy eyes with their recent COVID infection.

Google searches for "eye pain" and "itchy eyes" have been on the rise since early December, when the now-dominant Omicron variant first began to spread across the U.S., NBC-affiliate KXAN reported. Several people have even tweeted about experiencing itchy eyes with their recent COVID infections.

"Started with a sore throat got rid of it quickly, tons of sneezing and itchy nose and eyes," one Twitter user said about their Omicron case. Another person tweeted a similar experience. "Finally down with COVID this week. Likely Omicron. Almost out of the woods after three grim days of muscle aches, high fever, itchy eyes, nausea and hacking cough," they tweeted.

Eye problems have not been frequently seen with prior variants of COVID, but issues like pink eye, light sensitivity, sore eyes, and itchy eyes have been anecdotally reported, according to the Mayo Clinic. "Many respiratory viruses can impact the conjunctiva of the eye," Amesh A. Adalja, MD, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, explained to Prevention.

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