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Question:
Can you get herpes in an eye?

Answer:
Herpes is a term that is usually applied to herpes simplex viral infections.  There is another virus in the herpes family, called herpes zoster and it causes a condition called shingles.  Yes, herpes simplex and herpes zoster are both capable of causing potentially very serious problems in the cornea and other parts of the eye.  Certain medications, like cortisone (or steroid) containing eye drops can cause the activation of a dormant case of herpes simplex to become manifest in the eye.  If you have reason to suspect that you or a someone you know might have herpes in the eye, I urge you to contact you ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) as soon as possibe for proper care.

Answered by: Wayne Bizer, DODr. Wayne Bizer

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Conditions, Eye Surgery, Vision Correction

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Answered: May 18, 2011

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