HIV Infection and the Eye
Patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) are at risk for developing an eye infection known as cytomegalovirus (CMV). It’s estimated that this vision-threatening condition affects approximately 20% of individuals with HIV. In many cases, the symptoms of CMV are subtle and can include trouble focusing while reading as well as red, itchy, and/or dry eyes. If left undiagnosed and untreated, CMV can lead to permanent vision loss and other eye conditions. Patients with HIV should be aware of the above symptoms and seek retina care early on to prevent the infection from worsening. Our medical team will coordinate with your doctor to ensure the best possible care.
You can learn more about HIV and eye health from the AAO here.