New research shows Zika can damage the eyes

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A novel finding from research conducted by Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology at the Kresge Eye Institute has shown that Zika Virus (ZIKV) caused impaired vision or even blindness.

This happens when the virus replicates itself in the retinal cells of the eyes – layer of cells at the back of the eye that are responsible to send signals to the brain for vision- leading to severe tissue damage.

Dr Ashok Kumar, a microbiologist and assistant professor in the department of ophthalmology said