It is possible to transmit the Herpes simplex virus from a virus ulcer on the lip to the eye. About 90% of people become infected with the virus early in life and the virus lies dormant in clusters of nerve cells in the body called ganglia. Infections in the eye can be from a new transmission of the virus into the eye or from a reactivation of latent viruses that are already in the body. If you develop symptoms in your eye, have it checked by an Eye M.D. There are two available medical treatments for Herpes simplex virus eye infections: trifluridine drops or ganciclovir gel.