Treatment of herpes keratitis depends on its severity. Mild infection is typically treated with topical and sometimes oral antiviral medication. Your ophthalmologist may gently scrape the affected area of the cornea to remove the diseased cells. In case of severe scarring and vision loss, a corneal transplant may be required.
It is very important to consult an ophthalmologist before beginning any treatment, because some medications or eyedrops may actually make the infection worse.
There is no complete cure for herpes; once the virus is in the body, you cannot get rid of it. However, if you develop herpes keratitis, there are some things you can do to help prevent recurring outbreaks:
• If you have an active cold sore or blister, avoid touching your eyes.
• Avoid steroid eye drops, as these cause the virus to multiply.
• Stop wearing contact lenses if you keep getting infections.
• See an ophthalmologist immediately if symptoms of ocular herpes return.