Cytomegalovirus is a common virus related to the various viruses that cause chickenpox, mononucleosis, and cold sores. According to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is estimated one in three children will have contracted the virus by the time they are five years old. It is believed anywhere from fifty to eighty percent of adults are also infected with the virus, with half of them experiencing symptoms by the time they are forty years old. Cytomegalovirus generally causes no symptoms except for in unborn children and those with weakened immune systems. Once you contract the virus, it stays with you for life and may even be reactivated, resulting in additional infection symptoms or complications. Get to know the different conditions a cytomegalovirus infection can cause now.
The cytomegalovirus can lead to an infection of the retina within the eye, called retinitis. As the virus attacks the retina, it can lead to blurred vision. As more damage occurs, it can cause blank spots in your vision and floaters, spots that move when you move your eyes. Loss of night vision can make it more difficult to see in low-light situations, making it more difficult to drive not only at night, but at dusk and dawn as well. Further damage can result in loss of peripheral vision, resulting in a condition often referred to as tunnel vision. Although the progression of vision loss is generally slow with this disease, the virus can eventually destroy enough of the retina to cause blindness.
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