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Herpes of the Eye

Herpes of the Eye

Herpes of the Eye

When herpes infects the eyes it is called ocular herpes.  It is caused by the same strain of the virus that causes cold sores, HSV-1.  There are three types of ocular herpes and they can cause symptoms and side effects that can range from a simple infection to blindness.

Herpes Keratitis is the most common form of ocular herpes.  The infection affects only the outer most part of the cornea.  It usually heals with no scarring or long term effects.

Stromal Keratitis occurs when the infection penetrates deeper layers of the cornea.  It is more serious because the deeper infection can lead to scarring and even blindness.  It is very rare and thought to occur when the read more...

Herpes and the Eyes

Herpes and the Eyes

There are two different herpes viruses that can infect the eye.  One is HSV-1, which causes cold sores.  The other is varicella-zoster which causes chicken pox and shingles.  Most people are very surprised to find out that these tow viruses can infect the eyes with very serious consequences.

When the varicell-zoster virus infects the eyes, it is called herpes zoster ophthalmicus.  When the HSV-1 virus is the culprit, it’s called herpes simplex keratitis.  Depending on what part of the eye is infected, your doctor could prescribe antiviral medications in pill form, eye drops, or both regardless of which strain of the virus is the cause.  The medication should be read more...

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