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What is herpes simplex keratitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Herpes simplex keratitis is a type of viral eye infection caused by the same virus that causes cold sores. It is common in children, and resembles viral conjunctivitis. Unlike viral conjunctivitis, it can reactivate multiple times, causing long-term health effects. There is no cure for the disease, but antiviral medication can effectively treat symptoms and promote healing of damaged parts of the eye.

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