It is important to see an ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) when herpes zoster occurs on the face because the virus can invade the eye. An ophthalmologist looks for elevated pressure in the eye, inflammation inside the eye, and herpes zoster lesions or sores on the surface of the eye.

Image Reproduced, with permission, from Sutphin JE, Basic and Clinical Science
Course Section 8: External Disease and Cornea, American Academy of
Ophthalmology, 2006-2007.

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