Increased Risk of Serious Eye Problem After COVID-19 Vaccination: Studies and Systematic Reviews (2023)

People who received a COVID-19 vaccine have an increased risk of a serious eye problem, according to a new study.

The risk of retinal vascular occlusion “increased significantly” after a first or second dose of the messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccines, researchers reported in a study published by Nature (2023).

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The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines both use mRNA technology.

Retinal vascular occlusion refers to the blockage of veins or vessels that carry blood to or from the retina. It can cause sudden vision loss.

Out of 207,626 Pfizer vaccine doses administered in the population that was studied, 226 cases of the eye problem were detected after two years. Among 97,918 Moderna vaccine doses administered, 220 cases were detected over the same time.

While some cases were detected among AstraZeneca recipients, the risk wasn’t statistically significant.

The risk of retinal vascular occlusion was 3.5 times for vaccinated people compared to an unvaccinated group after 12 weeks and 2.19 times higher after two years. An increased risk was found shortly after vaccination.

“We demonstrated a higher risk and incidence rate of retinal vascular occlusion following COVID-19 vaccination, after adjusting for potential confounding factors,” Chun-Ju Lin, an eye doctor, and other Taiwanese researchers reported in the study.

Patients on medications that could alter blood osmolarity should be especially aware of the risks identified in the study, although further research is needed to figure out whether COVID-19 vaccines actually cause the eye problem, the researchers said.

They drew data from TriNetX, a global network, and adjusted the results with a model that included excluding people with a history of retinal vascular occlusion.

Limitations include not confirming the accuracy of diagnoses listed in the system.

Lin, Pfizer, and Moderna didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Other Studies

A study published in April 2023 in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the onset of retinal vascular occlusion after Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccination and found the risk didn’t significantly differ from the risk following influenza and Tdap vaccinations.

Ian Dorney and the other Ohio researchers said the results suggested that mRNA COVID-19 vaccination “occurs extremely rarely at rates similar to those of 2 different historically used vaccinations.”

The researchers also drew data from the TriNetX network but only looked at diagnoses within 21 days of vaccination and didn’t compare with an unvaccinated group.

Dr. Lee Jampol of Northwestern University and Maureen Maguire of the University of Pennsylvania said in an editorial that the results showed “no red flags” for retinal vascular occlusion after receipt of a Pfizer or Moderna shot.

Jampol told The Epoch Times he was going to read the new study closely to examine how the analysis was performed but noted there were differences in the populations studied, with the Taiwanese researchers looking at worldwide data and the Ohio researchers looking at U.S. data only.

Another study, conducted by Italian researchers and published in February 2023 by Nature, found no increased risk between retinal vein occlusion and COVID-19 vaccination. Retinal vein occlusion and retinal artery occlusion are two types of retinal vascular occlusion.

Some other studies, though, have found eye problems after vaccination, including a systemic review published by Vaccines in 2022 that indicated, according to the authors, a plausible link between the vaccines and the symptoms.

CDC Detects Safety Signal

U.S. authorities detected eye problems as a safety signal for the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in 2022.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysts, crunching reports lodged with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, found both retinal artery occlusion and retinal vein occlusion met the criteria for safety signals for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, when compared for the first time to reports lodged after vaccination with any other vaccine.

Hundreds of other signals also were detected, according to files obtained by The Epoch Times.

CDC officials have said the results of the monitoring “were generally consistent” with those from analyses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted, “revealing no additional unexpected safety signals.” Officials haven’t explained why they expected so many signals, and the FDA has refused to release the results of their analyses.

That refusal prompted a lawsuit in Washington, which said the FDA was violating federal law by withholding the data.

Ophthalmic Vascular Events Linked to COVID Jab?

According to research published in 2021, less than 20% of patients who experience central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO), i.e., a blockage in the main artery of the retina, regain functional visual acuity in the affected eye.

A systematic review of 49 studies published in the journal Vaccines in December 2022, found that most vascular events involving the eyes (46.2%) occurred after the first dose, and were more common after the Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots.

“Ophthalmic vascular events are serious vision-threatening side effects that have been associated with COVID-19 vaccination. Clinicians should be aware of the possible association between COVID-19 vaccines and ocular vascular events to provide early diagnosis and treatment,” the authors concluded.

Retinal Vascular Occlusion Post-Jab?

Patients included in the NPJ Vaccines study were jabbed between January 2020 and December 2022. Individuals with confirmed COVID-19, a history of retinal vascular occlusion, and those who used medication within four weeks of getting the jab that could affect blood coagulation were excluded. In the end, 739,066 “vaccinated” cohorts were matched to the same number of unvaccinated individuals at a ratio of 1-to-1.

The authors cite 10 different case reports of retinal vascular occlusion following vaccination, as well as two additional literature reviews on the condition as it relates to mRNA COVID “vaccination.” Unfortunately, both are behind a paywall. You can review the case reports, however, if you want.

However, the quality of these data was insufficient to establish a causal relationship between retinal vascular occlusion and COVID-19 vaccination.


Special Vaccine Issue to Focus on Post-Jab Eye Related Adverse Events

Apparently, medical scientists are concerned enough about what they’re seeing so far that the journal Vaccine has issued a call for manuscripts for a special issue of “Ophthalmic Adverse Events Following SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination.” The submission deadline is December 31, 2023, so obviously, we won’t see this special edition until sometime in 2024. As noted in the manuscript request:

“Over the past 20 months, several reports and studies have highlighted the adverse events (such as myocarditis, Guillain–BarrĂ© syndrome, etc.) following the administration of these vaccines. In this special edition, we are compiling case reports, series, review articles and studies focused on ophthalmic adverse events following SARS-CoV-2 vaccinations. The submissions may include:

1.Case of rare ophthalmic adverse events following vaccination

2.Studies reporting risk of ophthalmic adverse events following vaccine

3.Analysis of global databases reporting vaccine-associated ophthalmic adverse events

4.Review articles evaluating published literature on ocular adverse events with special emphasis on underlying potential mechanisms.”

Signs and Symptoms of Retinal Vascular Occlusion

It’s important to realize that the primary symptom of retinal vascular occlusion is a sudden change in vision — be it blurry vision, or a partial or complete loss of vision — typically only in one eye. Rarely ever is there pain.

Should this happen, seek evaluation immediately. The risk of more severe and/or permanent vision loss increases the longer the treatment delay. Your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) can give you a diagnosis, but it would be prudent to seek emergency room care if you suddenly lose your vision in one eye — particularly if you’ve received one or more mRNA COVID shots.

Since this is like a “stroke” in your eye, the sooner you are able to provide the tissue that is not being supplied with oxygen, the more likely it is you will recover function. We know that there are two supplements that will help with these types of reperfusion injuries, methylene blue and melatonin. I discussed this in my interview with Dr. Russel Reiter.

In May 2023, actor Jamie Foxx suffered what is being reported as a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and blind. Hollywood journalist AJ Benza claimed Foxx had been pressured to get the shot for the production of “Back in Action,” but sources close to Foxx claim his condition is unrelated to the COVID jab, and no one has even confirmed that he got the shot, although it was supposedly required on the set. (source)

While it’s unclear if the mRNA shot had anything to do with Foxx’s sudden incapacitation, his condition resembles what we’ve discussed here, which drives home the point that this is something that needs to be taken seriously.


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