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How long do viral eye infections last?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Depending on the cause, a viral eye infection can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Certain chronic types of viral eye infection, such as cytomegalovirus retinitis, may require long-term care and treatment on the order of many months. Most cases of viral eye infection are not that serious, however, and clear up on their own after a few days.

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