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I have had herpes simplex in my right eye twice now and I'm just beginning to get cataracts in both eyes. Can I have surgery for the cataracts if I've had herpes simplex? I was told I couldn't have any type of surgery on my eyes.

Cataract surgery should not be performed in an eye with active herpes simplex or recent infection. However, if the eye is quiet and stable for a period of time (I typically wait at least 6 months for the eye to be stable and free of inflammation) surgery could be considered if the cataracts are visually significant. With any surgery on the eye in this setting, I would take oral antivirals prior to surgery and at least 3-6 months after surgery as a prophylaxis against recurrence of the virus in the eye.

Answered by: W. Barry Lee, MDDr. W. Barry Lee

Categories: Vision Correction

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