Why are so many people going Blind after getting the Covid-19 Vaccine?

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Since the first Covid-19 vaccine was authorised for use in the United Kingdom, and administered on the 8th December 2020, there have been hundreds of thousands of adverse reactions reported to the MHRA Yellow Card scheme. But there is one particular adverse reaction which is both concerning and strange, and the number of people suffering from it is increasing by the week – Blindness.

The MHRA Yellow Card scheme analysis print for the Pfizer / BioNTech mRNA jab shows that since the first jab was administered on the 9th December 2020, and up to December 8th 2021, 132 people have reported suffering blindness due to the injection. Another 6 people have also reported central vision loss, whilst a further 3 people have reported sudden visual loss.

Fifteen people have also reported an adverse reaction known as ‘blindness transient’ due to the Pfizer vaccine. This is where a person suffers visual disturbance or loss of sight in one eye for seconds or minutes at a time. And a further six people have reported an adverse reaction known as ‘unilateral blindness’. This is where a person is blind or has extremely poor vision in one eye.

In total there have been 6,682 eye disorders reported as adverse reactions to the Pfizer jab as of 8th Dec 21.

The AstraZeneca viral vector injection has also caused hundreds of people to go blind. As of December 8th the MHRA has received 306 reports of blindness, 3 reports of central vision loss, 5 reports of sudden visual loss, and 26 reports of blindness transient among 14,448 eye disorders reported as adverse reactions to the jab.

The Moderna mRNA injection, which was first administered in June and has the lowest number of injections administered in the UK, has also caused several people to suffer blindness.

As of 8th Dec 21 the MHRA have received 19 reports of blindness, and 34 reports of visual impairment as adverse reactions to the Moderna injection.

In all, when including adverse reactions reported where the brand of vaccine was not specified, there have been 22,060 eye disorders reported as adverse reactions to the Covid-19 injections, with 461 of these reactions being complete blindness. Now, “fact-checkers” alongside authorities have been on the case to sweep this data under the carpet and have labelled it as unreliable. Their reasoning is that “just because someone reports the event after having the vaccine, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is due to the vaccine”.

But what they’re not telling you is that it also doesn’t necessarily mean it is not due to the vaccine, and we imagine every single person who has reported an adverse reaction would disagree with the fact checkers and authorities attempts to play down these reports.

For instance one person who goes by the name of Louis has been documenting the story of his wife on Twitter since she had the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine.

Unfortunately his wife went completely blind in her left eye and 30-60% blind in her right eye after having the AstraZeneca jab and the neurologist treating her, categorically told her not have the second dose.

As you can see the misery which the fact checkers are disregarding as “not necessarily the fault of the vaccine” is very real for the people who are reporting them. But why are the Covid vaccines causing people to go blind?

Well there is another extremely concerning adverse reaction that has been reported to the MHRA Yellow Card scheme, one which has seen an astronomical increase in the number of reports in the past few weeks – stroke.

As of 8th Dec 21, the MHRA has received 652 reports of stroke due to the Pfizer mRNA injection, which is now the primary booster jab being administered to Brits. These reports include 14 reports of subarachnoid haemorrhage, which is an extremely rare type of stroke, 48 reports of cerebral haemorrhage, 55 reports of ischaemic stroke, and 414 reports of cerebrovascular accidents.

Sadly these 652 reported strokes have resulted in 47 deaths.

Unfortunately the AstraZeneca vaccine has also caused hundred of strokes. Up to 8th Dec 21 the MHRA has received 2,193 reports of stroke as adverse reactions to the jab resulting in 154 deaths. The 2,193 strokes include 180 cerebral haemorrhages, 114 subarachnoid haemorrhages (supposed to be rare), 156 ischaemic strokes, and a shocking 1,275 cerebrovascular accidents.

But what does this have to do with people going blind? Well this helpful fact sheet provided by the Stroke Foundation in Australia provides the answer as to why. According to the fact sheet around one-third of stroke survivors suffer visual loss, and most sadly never fully recover their vision.

What you need to know

  • About one-third of stroke survivors experience vision loss.
  • Most people who have vision loss after a stroke do not fully recover their vision.
  • Some recovery is possible – this will usually happen in the first few months after a stroke.
  • Training, equipment and home modifications can help you to live as independently and safely as possible.

Vision loss after stroke

Your vision depends on a healthy eye to receive information and a healthy brain to process that information. The nerves in the eye travel from the eye through the brain to the occipital cortex at the back of the brain, allowing you to see.

Most strokes affect one side of the brain. Nerves from each eye travel together in the brain, so both eyes are affected. If the right side of your brain is damaged, the left side vision in each eye may be affected. It is rare for both sides of the brain to be affected by stroke. When it does happen, it can result in blindness.

Types of vision loss

Visual field loss

Your visual field is the entire area you can see when your eyes are fixed in one position.

Homonymous hemianopia is the loss of one half of the visual field in each eye. You may feel like you are unable to see out of one eye, but in fact, both your eyes are affected. When reading, words and sentences disappear when in the missing visual field. People may appear to have only half a face.

Quadrantanopia is the loss of either the upper or lower quarter of the visual field.

Hemianopia with the left side of the visual field blacked out, and quadrantanopia with the top right corner of the visual field blacked out

Eye movement control

If the nerves that make your eyes move are damaged, you may not be able to move your eyes to a certain position. A nerve that controls individual eye muscles may stop working, causing eye turning (strabismus) or double vision (diplopia). Other problems with eye nerves can cause an eyelid to droop (ptosis), or the pupil of an eye to become bigger.

Unsteady movement

Nystagmus is constant, unsteady movement of the eyes. Movement will be jittery and can be side to side, up and down or circular. Your eyes may also flicker when you try to look steadily at something.

Dry eyes

Problems with the nerves of the eyelid, the facial nerve or the muscles of the eyelid can cause dry eyes.

Visual neglect and agnosia

People with visual neglect are not aware of, and do not respond to, things on their stroke-affected side. People with visual agnosia have difficulty recognising familiar faces and objects. These difficulties are not related to vision itself – they result from damage to parts of the brain that perceive and interpret vision.

Management and recovery

Most people who have vision loss after a stroke will not fully recover their vision. Some recovery is possible, usually in the first few months after a stroke. Glasses or contact lenses generally will not help vision loss due to stroke.

Ophthalmologists, orthoptists, doctors and occupational therapists can advise on the best management for you.

Therapy may include training to compensate for the vision loss. This includes scanning techniques which make the most use of your existing vision.

Prism lenses can be used to shift images from the non-seeing to the seeing visual field. If you have double vision, a prism to join the images can be placed on glasses, or an eye patch can help by blocking one image.

You can use eye drops for dry eyes. Your health professional may also recommend taping your eyelids shut, particularly at night. If you have become more sensitive to light (photosensitivity), you can wear sunglasses.

Vision loss can affect your safety and independence. Training, aids, equipment and modifications can help.

More help

StrokeLine’s health professionals provide information, advice, support and referral. StrokeLine’s practical and confidential advice will help you manage your health better and live well.
Call 1800 STROKE (1800 787 653).
Email strokeline@strokefoundation.org.au

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