How does herpes zoster affect the eye?

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the herpes zoster virus can cause numerous eye problems, including:

  • Rash on the upper and lower eyelids
  • Redness, burning and discharge of the conjunctiva (the thin, filmy membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye), also known as conjunctivitis or “pink eye”
  • Dry eyes
  • Increased risk of bacterial infection of the eye
  • Blurred vision and light sensitivity
  • Inflammation, redness, swelling and pain inside the eye, also known as iritis
  • Optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve behind the eye)
  • Breakdown of the surface of the cornea

More severe complications include glaucoma, cataract formation, double vision, and scarring of the eyelids and cornea (the clear, front window of the eye).

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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