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Is cytomegalovirus retinitis serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Left untreated, cytomegalovirus retinitis can cause serious damage to the eye. Because the virus targets the retina, which is responsible for beaming images to the brain, damaged vision up to and including blindness can result. Unfortunately, treatment is no guarantee against this fate. The virus has been known to develop a resistance to the virus blockers used to treat it, and blindness or a detached retina can still occur.

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