Acute-onset central serous retinopathy after immunization with COVID-19 mRNA vaccine

Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2021 Sep;23:101136. doi: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2021.101136. Epub 2021 Jun 12.


Purpose: We report the case of a 33-year-old male who presented with unilateral central serous retinopathy three days after the injection of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Observations: A 33-year-old healthy Hispanic male referred to the ophthalmology service due to blurry vision and metamorphopsia in the right eye without any flashes, floaters, eye redness or pain. The patient reported that 69 hours prior to presentation he received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. He denied any past ocular history or pertinent medical history. He does not take any medicines and denies stressful factors in his life. The clinical examination and imaging tests were consistent with central serous retinopathy that resolved in three months.

Conclusions and importance: This is the first report of an ocular complication potentially associated with a COVID-19 vaccination. Our case contributes information of a side effect potentially related to this new vaccine.

Keywords: COVID-19; CSR; Central serous retinopathy; mRNA vaccine.

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