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Bob Costas’ Eye Infection

Posted by Dr. J. R. Lacey, Therapeutic Optometrist

Feb 17, 2014 10:54:00 PM

Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) is a Serious Eye Infection that Should be Treated by an Experienced Eye Doctor

Anyone that watched the NBC Sochi Olympics coverage during the first few days could only have empathy for Bob Costas as he battled a severe eye infection. His swollen, red, watery eye continued to get worse and also spread to his other eye. It finally forced him to be completely replaced and taken off the air forcing NBC to scramble for a replacement. It is my opinion that Bob Costas had epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC). Since I did not have the privilege of examining him personally, I can only make that diagnosis from watching him on television and hearing his complaints about his eyes on air. If my diagnosis is incorrect, please accept my apology. However, it is worth learning about the condition so you can avoid the complications.

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Topics: Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis, Bob Costas' Eye Infection, Severe Pink Eye

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