In a study conducted in the ophthalmology department at Assuta Hospital in Ashdod, the researchers examined the prevalence of the disease before the corona period compared to its prevalence during the epidemic and the closures that followed, and found that there was a 200% increase in the number of patients with “central serous retinopathy”.
Dr. Tal Yahalomi and research supervisor Professor Yossi Pickel, director of the ophthalmology department at Assuta, explain the increase in the number of patients in that the corona period was accompanied by stress and anxiety in large sections of the population, leading to the development of retinal disease.
It should be noted that usually the recovery from the disease is carried out independently without the need for drug or other treatment. The study also found that as corona morbidity decreased, so did the incidence of CSR. The findings of the study support the hypothesis that there is a link between mental stress and illness.
Professor Yossi Pickel: “This is a groundbreaking study that establishes an accepted theory that there is a connection between mental stress and decreased vision.
The hospital’s management stated that “promoting medical research in the hospital, along with the ongoing care of patients, is an important goal for the advancement of medicine, in general, and at Assuta Hospital in Ashdod in particular. This research – as well as other studies – is encouraged and supported by the hospital.”