Shingles in Eye Treatment
Shingles in the Eye Treatment
Shingles in the eye, or ocular herpes, is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. Ocular herpes is a potentially blinding infection that requires urgent medical care. Fortunately, it responds well to antiviral medications and other treatments.
Signs and Symptoms of Ocular Herpes
The signs and symptoms of ocular herpes can vary greatly, depending on the area of your eye affected and the severity of the virus. Common symptoms include:
- Redness and itching in the eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Pain in the eyes
- Blurred vision
- Watery eyes
- Swollen eyelids
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek prompt medical attention.
Treatment of Ocular Herpes
Ocular herpes requires treatment with antiviral medicine, usually in the form of topical, oral, or intravenous medications. Treatment may also include general eye care to manage swelling and inflammation, including the use of eye drops or ointments, artificial tears, or anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the affected tissue.
Prevention and Management
The best way to prevent and manage ocular herpes is to practice good hygiene and to avoid touching or rubbing your eyes. It is also important to avoid contact with individuals who have active cases of herpes or chickenpox, and to make sure that any makeup or contact lenses you use are clean and up-to-date.
If you have a cold sore on your lip, you should take extra precautions to avoid spreading it to your eyes. If you have a recurrent infection, you may wish to discuss long-term antiviral treatment with your doctor.
By taking preventive measures and seeking early treatment, you can avoid serious complications of ocular herpes. However, it is important to remember that ocular herpes can recur, so it is important to continue to practice good hygiene and to monitor your eyes for any changes.