Doctor discovers Ebola in his eye months after being treated, which turned it from blue to green

Doctor discovers Ebola in his eye months after being treated, which turned it from blue to green


Dr Ian Crozier with a group of Ebola survivors and a nurse in Sierra Leone

Just as we thought some were being successfully treated for Ebola, it appears that the virus may not completely leave the body. American doctor Ian Crozier was diagnosed with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone. He returned to the U.S. for treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and was discharged in October after the virus appeared to have left. But two months later, the blood pressure in his left eye increased and the eye became inflamed, causing his vision to suffer. 

The Daily Mail reports,

He returned to the same hospital where he had originally been treated, and an ophthalmologist, Dr Steven Yeh, removed some of the fluid and tested it for Ebola.

It did in fact contain the virus, but it was not present in his tears or the tissue around his eye.

Doctors believed he did not pose a risk of infecting other people, but Dr Yeh said the case shows that survivors of the deadly virus should be monitored for possible eye infection.

It has already known that the Ebola virus can persist in semen for several months after a patient is declared healthy.

The infection caused an inflammation of the inside of his eye, and it is not known how long this condition can last.

Besides the problems with his vision, Dr Crozier’s iris changed colour, going from blue to green 10 days after the symptoms were first detected.

After undergoing treatment with a variety of medicines, Dr Crozier began to recover his vision – although it is still not fully recovered – and his eye colour returned to normal.

While this may seem like a setback, the fact that the lingering Ebola was treated again and appears to be receding means it is probably only a hiccup. The World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free almost two months ago. Medical advancements have been truly awe inspiring in recent years, turning what could have been a worldwide disaster into a temporary epidemic.

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Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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